Child Welfare Specialist I/II- Resource Family

Tulsa, OK
Full Time
CW-Resource Family Staff
Mid Level

This position is located in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Child Welfare Specialist

Working in Child Welfare for Oklahoma's largest state agency means having the opportunity to positively impact the safety and wellbeing of children and families for generations to come. If you have a passion for social work and making a difference in your local community, OKDHS has a place for you! Join our team and create pathways to hope for all Oklahomans. 

Annual Salary:

  • Level I   H23A - $38,169.36 + Full State Employee Benefits
  • Level II H23B - $41,874.84 + Full State Employee Benefits

DHS offers free child care for all employees. This benefit will be in effect until May of 2022. For more information contact or visit the program website at

Applicants who possess a Bachelor's degree or a Master's Degree in Social Work will be entitled to a salary incentive of an additional 5% and 10%, respectively.

Travel is EXTENSIVE - Must possess a valid driver's license and must maintain required car insurance.

Employee Benefits

  • Health Benefit Allowance to significantly cover the cost of health, dental, and benefits plans on top of your regular salary,
  • Overtime plans or comp paid time off for Child Welfare Workers
  • State matched retirement contribution plans
  • 11 paid holidays, 15 days of paid vacation leave, and 15 days of paid sick leave per year
  • Employee Assistance Program offering 12 free counseling sessions annually and 24/7 access to a crisis-trained staff 
  • Free Child Care through KITH care through May of 2022
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Teleworking plans
  • Technology supports such as laptop, cell phone, and internet hotspot

Job Responsibilities

  • Resource Family staff provides day-to-day operations, planning, and oversight of foster care and adoption activities. This includes the maintenance of all foster, kinship, and adoptive families.
  • Delivers in-home support and social work services for families applying or approved for adoption or foster care.
  • Provides training and consultation to foster families and other placement providers.
  • Completes family assessments and reassesses annually.
  • Reviews child’s history and coordinates placement of children.
  • Will work on a diverse team and directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. 

Minimum Qualifications

Child Welfare Specialist, Level I  - To qualify, the applicant must have a bachelor's degree (in any field) to qualify.

Child Welfare Specialist, Level II - To qualify, the applicant must have a master's degree, OR a bachelor's degree, and one year of professional social work experience.


Job Duties - Level I

  • Complete the Child Welfare Core Academy Training Program
  • Learn adoptive services such as recruiting, screening, evaluating, and documenting activities, and providing reports to the adoption unit and the courts;
  • Visit children in placement and conduct assessments of children and families;
  • Refer families and children to services in the community;
  • Attends court hearings and provides testimony;
  • Consults with the District Attorney and other attorneys, and tribal partners regarding efforts to protect the child, reunite the family, or other permanent plans for the child; 
  • Provides direct services to children in placement,
  • And other duties as assigned.
  • Ability to work on a diverse team and directly with people from diverse backgrounds specifically racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and disabilities. 

Job Duties - Level II

  • Complete the Child Welfare Core Academy Training Program
  • May perform duties of Level I Plus:
    • Provide social work services to families applying or approved for adoption or foster care; recruits and trains foster and adoptive parents;
    • Conducts home visits
    • Completes evaluations and approves or disapproves applicants; 
    • Facilitates and participates in family team meetings.
    • Attend court hearings and provide testimony,
    • Other duties as assigned.  
    • Ability to work on a diverse team and directly with people from diverse backgrounds specifically racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and disabilities. 


Your career can make a difference!  We're looking for Child Welfare Specialists to join us and our mission.  This is a full-time position eligible for full state benefits which include a Healthcare allowance (in addition to your regular salary) a retirement plan and paid time off. 

To qualify, applicants must pass a criminal background check, drug screen, and reference check.

All new Child Welfare Specialists attend training required by law or outlined in the Pinnacle Plan.  They must successfully complete the initial Child Welfare Specialist Academy.


 If you have questions, please contact

OKDHS is a Fair Chance Employer.

This is a position in the Oklahoma Civil Service.

Announcement Number - 22-GH048

83007624, 83011857


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