Child Protective Services Caseworker

Maine, United States | Human Services | Full-time

Apply by: No close date
Opening Date: January 3, 2019                            

Closing Date:  Open until filled  

Job Class Code: 5077
Grade: 22 (Pro/Tech Svcs)  
Salary: $24.58 - $31.27/hr.*
      * Hourly rate includes a $5.00/hr. recruitment and retention stipend
                  Most new caseworkers will start at $26.35/hr.


Agency information:

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provides supportive, preventive, protective, public health and intervention services that protects the public health and assists our customers in meeting their needs; and that assist families in providing for the developmental, health and safety needs of their children. DHHS strives to provide these programs and services while respecting the rights and preferences of individuals and families. The Office of Child & Family Services (OCFS), within DHHS is responsible for ensuring the safety, permanency and well-being of children and families through community networks, local resources, and life-long family connections throughout Maine. OCFS fulfills its mission through: Children’s Behavioral Health Services, Child Welfare Services, Early Intervention and Prevention Services and Operations. We have current vacancies in our Augusta, Skowhegan, Portland, Lewiston, Rockland, Biddeford, Bangor, Ellsworth, and Caribou offices.

Job duties:

As a Child Protective Services Caseworker in the Office of Child and Family Services you will perform professional social work in the areas of child protection, children’s services, and adoption. You will join with families and the community to support and promote the long-term safety, well-being and permanency for children. Your work will include assessing child safety, abuse and neglect, signs of danger; family strengths and capabilities; family functioning; case planning and when needed, petitioning for protective custody and placement of children. To be successful, you must be detailed oriented and able to effectively manage and meet deadlines. Work requires frequent overtime, emergency standby coverage, and regular travel within the geographic area served by a District Office.

Your duties will include:

Engaging families to assess child safety and make plans which best meet the safety, well-being, and permanency needs of their children.

Creating a team for each family consisting of family, staff, and community resources to support safe solutions for children.
Reach factually supported safety decisions in a timely and thorough manner, with input from parents, children, extended family and community stakeholders to assure child safety.

Separate dangerous caregivers from children in need of protection when court action is required to make children safe.

Make appropriate plans for children, focusing on their safety needs, preservation of family relationships, reunifying children when appropriate, or achieving a permanent placement in another family if needed.

Maintain accurate case records of assessments, activities and plans; summaries; reports; letters and memos.

Follow federal and state laws, mandates, policy and timeframes to achieve child safety, well-being and permanency.


In order to qualify, you must have a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited education institutions in Social Work/Social Welfare, or a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited educational institution in a field related to social work/social welfare* as determined by the Maine State Board of Social Work Licensure.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Applicants must have or be eligible for conditional or full licensure at the Licensed Social Worker (LSW) level as issued by the Maine State Board of Social Work Licensure. An LSW requires an earned BA/BS in social work/social welfare. An LSW-Conditional requires an earned BA/BS in a field related to social work/social welfare.

*Chapter 10 of the Maine State Board of Social Worker Licensure regulations defines a field related to social work or social welfare as including but not limited to: “behavioral science, social and behavioral sciences, childhood development, education and human development, mental health and human services, psychology, psychology/educational psychology, rehabilitation services, and sociology.”

The board will consider degrees in other areas on an individual basis. For additional information on degree requirements, contact the Maine Board of Social Work Licensure at (207) 624-8603. 


For additional information about this position please contact Lisa Bullard, Recruitment and Retention Specialist at (207) 624-7960 or by e-mail at To apply, please upload a resume and state your degree information as identified in the Minimum Qualifications Section.


The bi-weekly dollar values of some State-paid benefits for full-time employees include: $14.60 for dental insurance; 14.11% of employee’s pay towards retirement; and, depending on the employee’s annual pay, at least 85% ($400.34) of health insurance premiums (more information is available here). Participation in the Health Premium Credit Program can increase state-paid health insurance benefits by 5%.

The Department of Health and Human Services is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.