Job Title:  Interagency Family Preservation Services                                        

Reports to: Howard County Department of Social Services

Classification/Salary:  Full-time, non-exempt: $28.85 hourly with a limited benefit package

Shift:   40 hours weekly, 8:00am – 4:30pm Monday – Friday


Deadline to apply:  April 16, 2021


The Interagency Family Preservation Services Program prevents the out-of-home placement of children identified by a child-serving agency in Howard County to be at risk of imminent placement into foster care, juvenile commitment, residential behavioral health treatment and/or at high risk for future maltreatment. Services include planning for safety, risk reduction, crisis intervention/prevention, family and individual counseling, parent/caregiver education in the areas of trauma, child development, parenting skills, communication skills and behavioral management.


  • Provide Case Management services for HCDSS’s IFPS program
  • Perform professional social work under the supervision of HCDSS
  • Perform administrative tasks
  • Provide counseling and programmatic services to the special populations
  • Identifying the population at risk, their needs and how to meet those needs



  • Applicants will need to possess a demonstrated commitment to the core practice values: 1. Child-driven, 2. Family-centered, 3. Community-focused, 4. Strength-based, 5. Committed to diversity/cultural humility, and 6. continuous learning/professional development.
  • Express comfort engaging families with identified needs or underlying conditions such as: homelessness, behavioral health issues, family violence, child maltreatment, etc.
  • Express comfort providing direct services to children who have experienced traumatic life events including abuse and neglect
  • Possess basic engagement skills to positively interact with children and family members, including siblings, parents, extended relatives, and guardians in the family home setting in order to assess the needs of each child & determine the best course of action for improving child safety & family stability


  • Possession of a Master’s degree in social work from an accredited college or university
  • Licensed in Social Work, or at least eligible to be licensed, and be in good standing with the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners at the LMSW or LCSW-C level
  • Experience in providing child welfare services to vulnerable children, individuals or families is not required.
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