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Safety Assessment Specialist - Child Welfare, Remote
Safety Assessment Specialists conducts detailed reviews of required sponsor documentation, assessing materials for validity and authenticity. They will serve as a critical function in assuring that Unaccompanied Children in the custody of ORR are unified with safe and appropriate sponsor families who have been carefully vetted according to established requirements.
- Assess for safety “red flags” based on review of identity documents and background check materials (previous sponsorships; flagging in the Unaccompanied Children portal about the sponsor; placing other Unaccompanied Children at the same address)
- Complete safety screens in the Sponsor Hub
- Conduct public records and sex offender registry checks for sponsor and all household members including aliases
- Flag any concerns that could trigger additional background checks based on ORR policy
- Flag potential traffickers in Sponsor Hub
- Receive clearances from federal staff on fingerprinting checks and enter them into safety screens in the Sponsor Hub; update Sponsor Hub when results are received and flag any cases requiring additional scrutiny
- Track completion of CAN screening and prompt unification specialists as needed for additional follow-up; review and input all CAN screening results into Sponsor Hub
- Review and authenticate documents including proof of identity, proof of address, proof of relationship, and other documents; collaborate with consulates and other entities to verify document authenticity as needed
- Flag appropriate cases for sponsor home study eligibility
- Participate in multi-disciplinary team staffing meetings as needed
- Bachelor’s degree 2 plus years of experience in direct services provision with children and/or families or master’s degree with 1+ years of experience in direct services provision with children and/or families
- Current or previous experience with migrant/refugee issues, particularly related to Unaccompanied Children and sponsor families and the processes/documentation required for the assessment of sponsors and discharge of Unaccompanied Children from ORR custody
- Strong skills in understanding complex family relationships and dynamics and demonstrated ability to review case files and assess/document information from a variety of sources
- Solid understanding of family and youth development, trauma-informed care principles, and strengths-based work with families
- 1 plus year experience with MS Office suite; ability to learn and use IT systems developed specifically for use with this project in a timely manner
- Knowledge of, or ability to learn, methods for validating and verifying various documents, including government-issued forms of identification
- This position is primarily remote with some office work. The candidate must have an appropriate workspace to complete confidential documentation, client phone calls, and video conferencing
- Must be able to pass a criminal background check /No adverse child abuse and neglect (CAN) report or child protective services check
- English/Spanish bilingual
- Experience working in a professional consulting environment with Federal clients
- Excellent team player with the proven ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team
- High degree of comfort in a fast-paced, outcomes-oriented environment
- Ability to interact professionally and effectively with internal staff and clients and external service providers and stakeholders
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills; demonstrated outstanding level of professionalism including the ability to exercise good judgment, discretion, and diplomacy
- Ability to work independently, managing multiple tasks with short timelines and high priority, while communicating status to a variety of stakeholders as well as project management
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
- Comfortable working remotely, working with an interdisciplinary team communicating and collaboratively primarily online
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