Position Description

Child and Family Team Specialist
Location Sacramento Performance
Requisition Number 2437
# of openings 1
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Title:  Child and Family Team Specialist

Classification:  Non-Exempt

Salary Grade:  $16.24- $22.73 Actual offers will be determined by the candidate’s creditable years of experience in conjunction with internal equity considerations and based on the organization’s current compensation practices.

Job Code:  652

Job Summary

The CFT Specialist is responsible for facilitating initial and ongoing Child and Family Team Meetings for families involved with Sacramento County CPS (Court Services and Permanency Services). Specifically, the CFT Specialist is responsible for facilitating time limited, outcome-focused Child and Family Team (CFT) Meetings with families, extended family, children/youth, caregivers, community representatives, service providers, and agency staff for all case planning and placement related decisions in partnership with Child Protective Services (CPS). The CFT Specialist guides meeting participants through discussion of concerns, identification of strengths, and development of ideas to reach consensus regarding the least restrictive, best possible case planning and placement-related decisions. The CFT Specialist is required to complete session notes. The CFT Specialist works in a primarily office-based setting, under the guidance of a Clinical Program Manager. The CFT Specialist works within the vision, mission and philosophy of the agency and the Department of Child, Family and Adult Services.

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Essential Duties

1. Acts as a neutral facilitator of pre-scheduled CFT meetings and provides support to the child and family team to problem solve and make decisions regarding placement, and/or stabilization. Provides strength-based family centered facilitation methodology during CFT meetings and supports the CFT to develop creative methods to ensure individualized and culturally sensitive care. CFT team meetings will be arranged by department scheduler.

2. Facilitates the Child and Family team in the development of their own Action Plans that include functional strengths and needs of the child/youth and family based on priority needs across life domains to develop a child/youth and family-centered action plan. Written by the county social worker, the action plan articulates specific strategies for achieving the child/youth and/or family’s goals based on functional strengths, identified needs, public safety, and any related court orders.

3. Understands interactions of Child Protective Services, Probation, Mental Health Providers, Educational System and other complex systems in the context of a family’s life, service delivery structures and the community’s resources.

4. Understands and elicits the child and family values and incorporates divergent perspectives in the plans and strategies in order to help youth stabilize in their placement.

5. Ensures that all voices are heard and the CFT meeting is a sharing of all information about the family that relates to the safety of the child.

6. Facilitates the distribution of written copies of the Action Plans and Attendance Sheets to all Child and Family Team members.

7. Demonstrates effective personal organizational systems for ensuring paperwork and documentation is entered with accuracy and timeliness.

8. Performs other responsibilities, as assigned, to support department/business needs.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

1. May be called upon to drive to other agency or site locations.

2. May be called upon to drive to alternate locations in the community in order to conduct a CFT.

3. Physical interactions with children of variable ages such as but not limited to games, sports, and other activities.

4. Performs other related responsibilities as assigned to support specific department/business needs.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. All employees are responsible for keeping job requirements up to date. This can include but are not limited to certifications, licensure, and maintaining a clear criminal record.

Education Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree (BA/BS) required


Bachelor’s Degree (BA/BS) in Social Work, Behavioral Science, Education or related field

Experience Requirements

One (1) year experience working with youth/families with complex needs. Experience with social work, child welfare, juvenile probation systems, and/or mental health systems required



One (1) year experience Social Work, Healthcare/Medical – Psychology/Behavioral/Mental Health



• Speak, read, and/or write another language fluently

• Experience facilitating Child and Family Team Meetings

• Experience and Knowledge of Safety Organized Practice and Sacramento County Child Protective Services

Other Specific Requirements

• Must pass Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), and Child Abuse Index Check (CAIC) background clearance.

• Valid California Driver's license with two years of experience driving and clean driving record may be required.

Work Environment/Conditions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to use hands to handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; and taste or smell. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

In addition, this position requires sitting, standing, walking, climbing and kneeling .

Employee Statement of Understanding

I have read and understand the job description for my position. I am able to perform all of the essential functions of this position. I agree to successfully complete all required training indicated for this position. I agree to keep all of my required certifications and licenses current and up to date and provide proper documentation of the same to the Human Resources Department. I agree to comply with all Agency policies and procedures. I agree to comply with the agency compliance plan and all laws, rules, regulations and standards of conduct relating to my position. As an employee, I understand my duty to report any suspected violations of the law or the standards of conduct to my immediate supervisor. As an employee, I will strive to uphold the mission and vision of the organization. All employees are required to adhere to the values in all their interactions with youth and families and fellow employees.

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