The Department of Children and Families seeks dedicated child welfare professionals who are committed to upholding the Departments fundamental mission of protecting children from abuse and neglect to ensure they are able to grow and thrive in a safe and nurturing environment. The Departments vision is that all children have the right to grow up in a nurturing home, free from abuse and neglect, with access to food, shelter, clothing, health care and education. DCF works toward establishing the safety, permanency and well-being of the Commonwealth's children by: stabilizing and preserving families; providing quality temporary alternative care when necessary, safely reunifying families; and when necessary and appropriate, creating new families through kinship, guardianship or adoption.Preferred applicants will possess a demonstrated commitment to the core practice values: 1) child-driven, 2) family-centered, 3) community-focused, 4) strength-based, 5) committed to diversity/cultural competency, and, 6) committed to continuous learning. GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Acts as a paralegal for the Massachusetts Child Welfare Agency. Assist lawyers and the clinical staff representing the agency in Juvenile and Probate and Family Court actions, termination of parental rights, guardianship, Child in Need of Services, and adoption cases. EXAMPLE OF DUTIES: 1) Review and draft appropriate documents for purposes of filing and processing actions filed by the Child Welfare agency in Juvenile and Probate and Family Court, including actions relating to adoption, petitions under G.L. ch. 119, 23, guardianship, and paternityactions. 2) Assist lawyers and the area office staff with required parental/party notification on actions filed in Juvenile and Probate and Family Court. 3) Assists legal offices and the area office staff with tracking, filing in court and obtaining legal documents to comply with State and Federal mandates. 4) Maintain a working relationship with the Area Office and Legal staff and Court personnel to ensure the timely processing of permanency for children, including the compliance monitoring, reviewing and filing Permanency Hearing reports. 5) Performs related duties such as developing case tracking systems; preparing correspondence; operating office machines; scheduling appointments; ordering birth, marriage, death and divorce certificates, assisting in discovery requests, including redacting of files, paternity issues and assisting with office operations. 6) May be requested to prepare cases for trial or administrative proceedings by collecting and evaluating evidence, organizing case file documentation and exhibits, and briefing legal counsel on case issues prior to such proceedings. 7) May be requested to research and analyze law sources such as statutes, recorded judicial decisions, opinions, determinations and rulings in order to prepare legal digest detailing the points of law involved. 8) May be requested to assist in preparing such legal documents as briefs, summaries, and responses to interrogatories by interviewing relevant parties, reviewing and analyzing facts and points of law, and drafting documents for review and approval by legal counsel. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Please ensure that you attach a resume with your application submission to this requisition. A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit and click on \"Information for Job Applicants\". As part of the hiring process, the Office of Human Resources will be verifying any college-level degrees conferred to the selected candidate. Additionally, any licensure required for the position will be verified. Information provided as part of the hiring process is subject to the Massachusetts Public Record Law and may be published on the Commonwealths website. For questions, please contact the CYF Office of Human Resources at 1-800-###-#### and select option #2. Qualifications First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
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