Resources Social Worker, Home Studies Focus (Part-Time)

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Website VACFSS Vancouver Aboriginal Child & Family Services Society

Position:                           Resources Social Worker, Home Studies Focus (2 Positions)

Status:                              Part-time 21 hours per week, 24 Month Term

Department:                   Resources

Location:                          3284 East Broadway, Vancouver, BC

Classification:                  Delegated Social Worker Grid 20 – Grid 24

Salary:                               $32.46 to $41.55 per hour



At VACFSS, we ensure that the rights, safety, well-being and spirit of Indigenous children and families are upheld, honoured and protected. We strive to eliminate oppression, discrimination and marginalization within our community. We acknowledge and honour the inherent wisdom, capacity and resourcefulness of our community in designing programs and services to care for our own children and families. Accordingly, we are dedicated to planning, developing, and implementing creative and innovative Indigenous programs and services in collaboration with members of our community and other agencies.

Resources is responsible for the administration and management of foster homes for VACFSS. This responsibility involves recruiting, training, supporting, and monitoring Indigenous foster caregivers as well as non-Indigenous caregivers who have a connection to the Indigenous community. The mission of the Resources Program is to provide safe alternative care for Indigenous children in care that promotes and respects their cultural identity. Resources facilitates a Cultural Education Program, Caregiver Education Program, specialized caregiver training, caregiver self-help, and in home support services.


The Resources Social Worker (RSW) reports to a Resources Team Leader and works in partnership with VACFSS’s Child Protection and Guardianship programs. The RSW Home Study Writer conducts holistic home studies to ensure that caregivers understand and meet the Family Care Home Standards.

The position requires the RSW to conduct and write Structured Analysis Family Evaluation (SAFE) home studies. This standardized Home Study methodology is used by both private and public welfare agencies to study and evaluate perspective adoptive, kin, and foster families. SAFE aids the RSW in performing a thorough, structured, and uniform evaluation of families who have applied to foster at VACFSS. It is a collaborative process with the Caregiver Applicant to help identify an Applicant’s ability to provide safe and effective care to a foster child.

The SAFE Home Study process entails very personal, respectful, and in-depth conversations in the Applicant’s home of all the adults and children living in the home. The RSW will also observe the Applicant’s family interactions during the home visits. The SAFE Home Study often takes between four to eight lengthy meetings to complete, or 50-60 total hours, depending on the number of people in the home.

The goal of this service is to provide the most appropriate placement to meet the needs of the child. This goal is enacted in practice by:

1.       Gathering the Circle;

2.       Listening, Assessing and Finding Solutions;

3.       Creating Security, Belonging and Well-being;

4.       Keeping the Circle Strong

The position monitors services provided, supports the resource providers, and liaises with internal staff for the safety and wellbeing of children. The goal of the service is to provide the most appropriate placement to meet the needs of the child in care. Conducting home studies and making recommendations for approval, and liaising with non- contract resources, may be required.

The RSW will be expected to develop and utilize a restorative practice approach that is guided by VACFSS’ values, the CFCSA, AOPSI, Resources Policy and Procedures, Chapter 8, Foster Caregiver Handbook, Standards for Foster

Caregivers, and VACFSS’ framework, expectations for Inclusive Foster Care and Bill C-92 as it relates to the recruitment, support, and retention of Indigenous foster caregivers.

A complete job description will be provided to candidates at the time of interview.



Education, Training and Experience:

·       A Master of Social Work (MSW) or Master in a related human services field or;

·       A Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) or;

·       A Bachelor degree specializing in a related human services field with 2 years of recent and related experience to child welfare.

·       Minimum of C3 Delegation required.

·       Three years of experience in Resources with specific experience completing home studies.

·       Structured Analysis Family Evaluation (SAFE) Home Study training preferred or will be provided.


Key Competencies:

·       Relational Engagement

·       Leadership

·       Collaborative Planning and Decision Making

·       Emotional Competency

·       Resilience

·       Cultural, Spiritual Expression


Job Skills and Abilities:

·       Thorough knowledge of the Child, Family and Community Services Act and the Federal Act, An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families

·       Have a strong understanding of Aboriginal Child Welfare, and of situating children and families in the context of colonization.

·       Awareness of resources available to Aboriginal clients, and knowledge of the referral process.

·       Ability to work effectively and cooperatively with team members, other VACFSS colleagues, and personnel of other agencies in the community.

·       Ability to work with clients from a trauma informed practice place, and promote healing opportunities for children and families.

·       Well-developed interpersonal counseling and assessment skills.

·       Good written and verbal communication skills.

·       Ability to investigate complex family situations and assess risk.

·       Valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle.

·       Computer skills for Microsoft Word and Outlook.



·       Applications will be accepted from applicants of all genders.

·       This position requires Union membership.

A valid Class 5 driver’s license and reliable vehicle with business class insurance are required to perform the duties of this position.
·       This position requires the incumbent to be available in the office and follow COVID-19 safety guidelines and protocols. Remote work is unavailable.

·       Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for staff. VACFSS will consider its obligations to accommodate those staff who are unable to be vaccinated.



In exchange for your contributions to VACFSS, you will receive a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package, including:

·       Medical, extended health, and dental

·       Group life

·       100% employer-paid premiums

·       3 weeks of vacation prorated

·       Eligible for the VACFSS flex program after passing probation

·       Membership in the Public Service Pension Plan

·       Access to VACFSS’ Staff Cultural Clinical Counselor, Elder

·       Access to Indigenous Cultural Teachings as coordinated by the Agency

Interested applicants may apply at or by using the following link: Preference may be given to Indigenous candidates as per Section 41 of the Human Rights Code.


Situated on the unceded and occupied territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and Stó:lō nations.

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