Duplin County NC

Social Worker III (Foster Care)

DEPARTMENT:  Duplin County Social Services

SALARY:    $16.1779 Hourly / $ 33,650 Annually – $20.9284 Hourly / $43,531 Annually   (“Based on Experience & Qualifications)

OPENING DATE:  August 27, 2019      “OPEN UNTIL FILLED”                                                            

APPLY AT:  Duplin County Personnel Office       

                      County Administration Building
                      224 Seminary Street
                      Kenansville, NC  28349                                                                                                                       


                     “Equal Opportunity Employer”                                                     

                      Website Address:  www.duplincountync.com



The purpose of this position is to provide temporary and permanent living arrangements for abused, neglected, and dependent children that the court has found to be at risk in the home of parents/other caretakers through in-depth assessment, counseling and education.



The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification.  It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in this class.  The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties notlisted herein if such functions are a logical assignment to the position.


Recruits, educates, and assesses potential adoptive and foster families.

Helps families identify their own strengths and needs through comprehensive assessment of family dynamics in parenting children of various sexes, ages, races and abilities.

Provides education and counseling to address needs, provide emotional support, and education through classes, one on one contact and involvement with Foster Parent Groups and Adoption Support Groups.

Provides counseling and referrals for foster children transitioning into adoptive placements, provides education and treatment options for adoptive families prior to, during, and following the adoption process.

Provides counseling and crisis intervention and consultation with community professionals to prevent placement disruptions during and following adoptions and in foster care placements.

Evaluates placements in independent adoptions and assesses relative/step-parent adoptions through family counseling, and evaluating information acquired through family interactions, consultations with community professionals, and/or correspondence.

Provides case management services in cross county and interstate cases to include counseling, on-going assessments and education for cases of substantiated abuse and/or neglect when placement with a relative in Duplin County is requested.  Includes an initial assessment of the identified relative for the ability to meet children’s needs and appropriateness of placement.  Provides reports to be utilized for agency and court decisions.

Completes monthly and weekly reports.

Attends conferences, staff meetings and training.

Works at disaster shelters as assigned.


Master’s Degree from an accredited school of social work; or a Bachelor’s Degree with the Child Welfare Collaborative (child welfare positions only): or a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited school of social work plus one year of directly related experience; or a four year degree in a human services field plus two years of directly related experience; or a four year degree plus three years of directly related experience.


Must have valid N.C. driver’s license.  Must have access to use of a motor vehicle for travel to client homes and various destinations throughout the county and state.  Must provide certified proof of graduation from four-year college or university.