Social Worker - Child & Family Services

Portage County
Job Description

Do you have a background in social work and the passion to help members of our community? Portage County has a full-time Social Worker position available in Child & Family Services available. 

Portage County offers a robust benefit package for this position. Benefits include;

  • State of Wisconsin Retirement Plan

  • Health insurance- your choice of two health plans- (Health Savings Account associated with the High Deductible Health Plan with a County contribution and a Traditional PPO plan)

  • Vacation

  • Paid holidays

  • Sick leave

  • Flexible spending account

  • Life insurance- premium paid by the County

  • Long term disability insurance- premium paid by the County

  • Dental insurance

  • 457B Deferred Compensation Plan


This position provides dispositional services to a complex caseload of child welfare cases involving child abuse/neglect, substitute care for children.  It also includes independent living skills planning consistent with ongoing standards.  It provides counseling/case management service to parents and children/adolescents and services to the Juvenile and Family Courts regarding these clientele.


Provides Child Welfare Services Regarding Child Abuse and Child Neglect.

  • Provides dispositional services in accordance with Chapter 48 Wisconsin Statutes and state department regulations
  • Completes assessments, court reports, testifies at hearings, and makes recommendations regarding dispositions
  • Develops, implements, and monitors comprehensive and coordinated case services treatment plans
  • Consults with agency, school officials, court, law enforcement, District Attorney's office, public defender, and other assigned attorneys
  • Files legal petitions and testifies in court
  • Provides 24-hour juvenile court intake services
  • Completes necessary documentation in the eWISACWIS computer system

Provides Substitute Care Services to Families.

  • Assesses need for substitute care services (foster home, group home, residential center) for children
  • Evaluates and legally implements appropriate substitute care resources for respective child's treatment needs
  • Evaluates substitute care during placement period
  • Provides ongoing counseling and support to the foster parents, natural family, and child during placement
  • Consults with other professionals regarding substitute care placement developments and refers cased for supervisory consultation at own discretion


  • Bachelor Degree in Social Work or any other human services field required
  • Certificate or eligible for certificate in Wisconsin as a social worker preferred
  • Two years experience in the child protective services within the last five years preferred; one year experience in the juvenile court system within the last five years required, or Masters of Social  Work Degree with an emphasis in Child Welfare


  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Knowledge of court policies and the Children's Code (Chapters 48, and 938) and Chapter 767.
  • Knowledge of specialized social work practices and methods. 
  • Knowledge of advanced counseling theories and techniques. 
  • Knowledge of state Division of Community Services and county procedures.
  • Knowledge of community resources.
  • Knowledge of a wide variety of social, emotional, and physical behavior needs.
  • Ability to communicate clearly in oral and written form.
  • Ability to respond appropriately and effectively in crisis situation. 
  • Ability to assess client's problems and determine service delivery needs.
  • Ability to relate to people with a wide variety of service needs.
  • Ability to relate and work with co-workers and organizations.
  • Ability to successfully pass a criminal background check
  • Ability to maintain regular, consistent and reliable attendance
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