Job Summary: The Children’s Court Liaison will provide direct and indirect court advocacy support to Children's Community Mental Health Services, Wraparound Milwaukee System of Care Administration Team, as well as Care Coordination agencies in both written and verbal formats. This position will act in partnership with Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) and Division of Milwaukee Child Protective Services (DMCPS) to coordinate system level interventions, Child & Family Team level planning, as well as conflict resolution.
- Review and approve court letters. Coach Care Coordinators to write comprehensive, professional letters rooted in the Wraparound Values and Philosophy.
- Review and approve Temporary Changes of Placement (COP) and Changes of Placement.
- Facilitate existing trainings for new Care Coordinators on Court Advocacy and associated processes, as well as develop new trainings and educational opportunities as needed.
- Collaborate with DMCPS/DYFS. Participate in standing and/or ad-hoc meetings with DMCPS and DYFS representatives to assist with on-going collaboration efforts, Child and Family Team planning, crisis management, and relationship maintenance.
- Support and promote effective advocacy within the Court process to ensure quality of care to youth and families enrolled in the Wraparound Milwaukee System of Care. Assist Care Coordinators in learning the legal process and legal language; attend Custody Intake Hearings.
- Actively work to create a racially equitable system of care at all levels of program functioning and interactions. Move racial equity forward through equitable and inclusive use of an anti-racist, pro-equity, collaborative approach. Champion/support learning around diversity.
- Provide counsel on Wisconsin Children's Code (i.e. local, state, and federal statutes, regulations, guidelines, practices, and policies), human growth and development theories, ACE, and trauma-related developmental disruption in a culturally competent manner.
- Be able and willing to travel (approximately 10% of the time) within the community to client’s schools and other settings.
- Perform other duties as assigned to support overall operations of Children's Community Mental Health Services and Wraparound Milwaukee programming.
- Must be a current resident of the State of Wisconsin
- Current Wisconsin Driver's License and access to a reliable insured vehicle; both maintained throughout employment
- Bachelor’s degree or higher in Human Services, Psychology, Social Work, or in a closely related field. Master’s degree is preferred
- At least one (1) year of related work experience in a Court related role experience is required
- At least an intermediate experience with Microsoft Office software (i.e. Microsoft Word and Excel)
- Basic experience using Zoom/Teams virtual meeting platforms
- Able and willing to travel (approximately 10% of the time) within the community to client’s schools and other settings
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of WI Children’s Code and youth justice systems, local, state and fed statutes and regulations, guidelines, practices and policies relevant to or specifically applicable to their specific role and operation of youth programs, out of home placement of children, abuse and neglect reporting procedures and requirements, termination of parental rights and children in need of protective services and educational system. Knowledge of human growth and development theories, as well as ACE and trauma related developmental disruption. Knowledge of social work principles and practices; knowledge of case management/assessment techniques, knowledge of mandatory reporter requirements; knowledge of community resources and services available; skill in communication in verbal and written form; skill in interpersonal relationships; skill in organizing office work and cases; ability to communicate case needs to staff; ability to work in stressful situations; ability to work as a member of a mental health team providing crisis services; able to maintain confidentiality; ability to lift, carry, push, and pull up to 20lbs as needed.