Case Manager Foster Care Specialist
Southeast Michigan, MI Foster Care, Child Welfare
Job Type

Join a dynamic, fast-paced, inclusive and supportive workplace focused on high quality services to children and families in our community.

 Salary: $45,968 per year

Supportive Workplace  

Excellent Benefits

  • Among the highest compensation of any agency in the area
  • All staff paid hourly/overtime work receives overtime pay
  • Training hours paid
  • Additional $40/day for on-call duties
  • Flexible workplace, hybrid remote/in-office duties after successful orientation period
  • Comprehensive medical/vision; employee pays $40/$110 monthly (depending on plan choice) plus additional for spouse/dependents
  • Dental benefits with employer contribution
  • 11 paid holidays plus an extra day for your birthday and a floating holiday
  • 12 - 24 paid days off, depending on length of service
  • Mileage reimbursed at .652 cents
  • Monthly phone stipend of $40
  • 403(b) retirement plan with profit sharing contributions
  • Cost of living pay increases annually; merit increases at time of evaluation
  • Annual bonuses to staff as finances allow
  • Short and long-term disability insurance, life insurance premiums paid in full by employer
  • Employee assistance program


Your Development                                                                 

· Licensure supervision for social workers

· Opportunities for growth and professional development, 

   including between $500 - $1,000 reimbursement for 

   training/CEU’s/tuition costs related to position

· Employer-provided monthly reflective supervision to 

  support the complex needs of social services staff and 

  supervisors in their work with children and families


Our Values

· Commitment to greater diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and in our work

· Emphasis on positive workplace culture and teamwork

· Ethical, non-coercive practices in adoption

· Vocal advocates for social and political change benefiting children and families

· Recognized since 2011 by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s All Children, All Families     program for supporting LGBTQ+ youth and families

Job Details

Hands Across The Water is a licensed, non-profit child placing agency. Our Foster Care Program provides a temporary home for children until a more permanent placement can be secured. The primary responsibilities of the Foster Care Specialist position is to provide services to ensure that biological parents and foster parents are given the tools and resources to meet the educational, physical and emotional needs of the child. Case management services are goal-oriented and time-limited. The goals are to ensure the safety and well-being of the child while developing and monitoring a service plan for the child’s parent(s), reporting and making recommendations to the court regarding a permanency plan for each child.

This position requires significant travel including in-office, in-home, and outside of office work, often during non-traditional hours such as evenings and weekends, depending on case needs. The appropriate candidate will work with other dedicated professionals in a team atmosphere and have the ability to work independently. Attention to detail, strong organization skills, and professional manner are all important characteristics for the right candidate. This is full-time position. Schedules need to be flexible to accommodate duties, children, families, and court, including a 9 week-long preliminary training. This is not a 9-5 job and requires periodic on-call duties. This position is based in our Washtenaw office but there will be work in multiple counties including Wayne, Monroe, Livingston and Lenawee counties.

Hands Across The Water is committed to making proactive efforts to recruit and retain personnel who reflect the diverse identities and experiences of the communities and families we serve. We strongly encourage the following groups to apply: people of color, individuals who have experienced poverty or economic hardship, people who identify as LGBTQ and those with lived experience in the foster care system or adoption triad.


Hands Across The Water does not discriminate against an employee or applicant for employment with respect to hire, tenure, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, or a matter directly or indirectly related to employment, because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, political beliefs or mental or physical disability.


Minimum degree REQUIRED is a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Child Development, Human Services, Family Studies, Education, Gerontology, Forensic Psychology, Social Science or related field. 

The Foster Care Specialist candidate should demonstrate a commitment to the safety and well-being of children and families with the primary goal of ensuring that families have the tools and services needed to achieve reunification. Knowledge of available community resource for, and comfort working with, individuals facing challenges associated with substance abuse, mental health, cognitive/developmental disabilities, domestic violence, poverty, homelessness and trauma is required.

Experience in a professional setting with youth and families strongly preferred. Strong written and oral communication skills, professionalism, organizational skills and comfort with computer technology/database entry is required.

Appropriate candidate for this position must have the ability to handle stress well, have the ability to be an active listener with good clinical observation and evaluation skills, be flexible and able to handle change, be a team player yet able to work independently, able to multi-task, and maintain case responsibility and follow-through with multiple competing demands. 

Candidate may not have been convicted of child abuse or neglect, a felony involving harm or threatened harm to an individual within the 10 years immediately preceding the date of hire, or be listed on the central registry as a perpetrator of child abuse or child neglect. The Foster Care Specialist shall possess a valid Driver’s License, positive driving record and proof of automobile insurance.

Experience in foster care case management highly desirable, but not required. Candidate with CWTI foster care training to receive a signing bonus. Please submit resume WITH cover letter detailing why you are interested in this position. 

Salary Description
$45,968 starting salary