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Child Services Specialist

Date Posted:  Jul 9, 2024
Requisition ID:  445890

Gary, IN, US, 46402


Work for Indiana


Begin a fulfilling career with the State of Indiana by joining one of the largest employers in the state, offering a diverse range of opportunities across 60+ agencies. At the state, you'll find competitive compensation, a robust benefits package and a commitment to work-life balance. Most importantly, you'll have the chance to make a real and measurable impact on the lives of Hoosiers across Indiana.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion—we make it our goal to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace with a workforce that is representative of Indiana's population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to complete the application and interview process as well as perform the essential functions of a role.


About the Department of Child Services:

Join a team that engages with families and children to improve lives in meaningful and significant ways. DCS engages authentically with children who are victims of abuse or neglect and strengthens families through services that focus on family support and preservation. The Department also administers family preservation and prevention services, foster care, and child support throughout the State of Indiana. You will relentlessly pursue permanency for children and families through reunification, guardianship, adoption or support youth in making a successful transition to adulthood. While this job is difficult and may have long and sometimes unconventional hours, this is more than a job—it is a calling to improve your community and neighbors. Will you join us in supporting our Mission, Vision, and Values? 


Mission:  The Indiana Department of Child Services leads the state’s response to allegations of child abuse and neglect and facilitates child support payments. We consider the needs and values of all we serve in our efforts to protect children while keeping families together whenever possible. 
Vision: Children will live in safe, healthy and supportive families and communities. 
Values: We at the Indiana Department of Child Services empower our team, in collaboration with state and local partners, to make decisions in the best interest of every child in our care by embracing:


  • Child safety 
  • Permanency 
  • Collaborative partnerships with foster and adoptive families 
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • A culture of safety and transparency 
  • Continuous improvement 


Role Overview

The Child Services Engagement Specialist provides knowledge through in-person and virtual platform to both prospective and current resource parents throughout all 18 regions, so that each participant responsible for an abused and/or neglected child placed in their care has the tools and the skills necessary to fulfill their role within DCS to the best of their ability. Resource Parent Trainers are a key component of how prospective and current resource parents meet their initial and annual training licensing requirements. Resource Parent Trainers are essential in providing relevant, quality, and practical training sessions for prospective or current resource parents and providing feedback and support to the foster parent regional specialist. Resource Parent Trainers also provide training of trainer (TOT) opportunities to License Child Placing Agencies (LCPAs) throughout the year, offering education on how training content can be best facilitated to resource parents licensed through their agencies. Additionally, Resource Parents offer training to Foster Care Specialists (FCS) in an effort to enhance engagement with Resource Parents and educate them on training offered and most beneficial resources for a specific child placed in their care. Resource Parents serve as our subject matter experts, offering feedback for updated and new curriculum and providing additional insight to weave the DCS mission vision and values as well as the DCS Practice Model throughout DCS resource parent training.


Salary Statement

The salary for this position traditionally starts at $53,222.00 but may be commensurate with education or work experience.


A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • You will develop and provide regional pre-service sessions for the assigned division/department.
  • You will also provide content expertise, through research and experience to curriculum writers on topics identified for curriculum development. This will be done through seminars/workshops, videoconferencing, and webinars for the agency.
  • You will assist resource parents with accessing online training modules necessary to complete both pre-service training and ongoing training through coordination with local libraries and local offices as appropriate.

Additionally, through research and experience, staff development trainers become experts when a new curriculum is needed and provide additional insight to weave the DCS mission vision and values as well as the DCS Practice Model throughout DCS resource parent training. 

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice. 

What You'll Need for Success:

You must have the following requirements to be considered for employment: 

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Education, or other related fields with at least three (3) years of experience in teaching or training, and some experience in child welfare is desired.  
  • Extensive knowledge of and subject matter expert in child development, child welfare, family systems or related behavioral health topics. 
  • Ability to promote teamwork by working with other staff development members and field operations personnel to achieve established goals. 
  • Ability to provide positive feedback as well as address concerns as they arise 
  • Knowledge of issues related to resource and/or adoptive parents regarding the Resource Parent Trainers position. 
  • Excellent computer skills with Microsoft Word products including Word and PowerPoint and willingness to learn basic information regarding MS Excel and Access if requested. 
  • Excellent writing skills and the ability to convey written information in a clear, concise manner.  Writing samples will be requested. 
  • Candidates must have the ability to travel statewide overnight to deliver training and in-services.  
  • Ability to provide training during evening and weekend hours to accommodate resource parents’ schedules.                                                      

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans
  • Wellness Rewards Program: Complete wellness activities to earn gift card rewards
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave
  • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off
  • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Education Reimbursement Program
  • Group life insurance
  • Referral Bonus program
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Free Parking for most positions
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to recruiting, selecting, developing, and promoting employees based on individual ability and job performance. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all people in all aspects of employer-employee relations without discrimination because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, or veteran status. We will comply with the spirit as well as the letter of all applicable state and federal laws. 


If you are a qualified individual with a disability and require reasonable accommodations to complete this application, you can request assistance by contacting the Indiana State Personnel Department at [email protected].


The State of Indiana has established a culture that welcomes equity, inclusion, and opportunity for all employees and applicants. We encourage you to apply if you feel you have the transferrable skills to be successful in this position and we look forward to reviewing your application.


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Nearest Major Market: Gary
Nearest Secondary Market: Chicago