Dependency Advocacy Center (DAC), a nonprofit organization, provides interdisciplinary family defense legal services to indigent parents and children involved with Santa Clara County’s juvenile dependency system. Our clients face the removal of their children due to concerns of abuse and neglect. A myriad of issues is presented, including substance abuse, domestic violence, poverty, and mental health.
This is a full-time/exempt, in-house social worker position working with a dynamic group of attorneys who represent parents and children involved in the child welfare system. As part of an interdisciplinary advocacy team, DAC social workers provide clinical expertise to support attorneys in presenting clients’ legal positions to the court.
Roles and responsibilities include completing individualized needs assessments, providing referrals to resources in the community, ongoing case management, assistance in system navigation, interfacing with various service providers, providing clinical assessments, observing parent/child visitations, supporting clients at court hearings, providing expert testimony in litigation, writing reports to the court on the client’s behalf, and attending non-court based meetings, including CFT (Child Family Team) meetings.