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Recruitment #23-004507-0001


                                                                                        FUTURE JOB OPPORTUNITY

Family Services Caseworker Trainees are vital to the Department of Human Services' mission to protect vulnerable children and adults and are used in all of our local Departments of Social Services throughout the state. We anticipate opening the Family Services Caseworker Trainee and accepting applications one or more times this year...

If you are interested in applying for Family Services Caseworker Trainee positions in the future and would like to be notified automatically when future recruitments for this classification are posted, please consider using the State's Interest Cards function. The Interest Cards button can be found towards the top of the Online Employment Center/State of Maryland Job Openings page or via this  INTEREST CARD FILE  link (Just check the "Human Services/Social Services" box and click the Submit button):

The Maryland Department of Human Services (DHS) is the state’s primary social service provider, serving over one million Marylanders annually.  The Department, through its 24 local departments of social services, aggressively pursues opportunities to assist people in economic need, provide preventive services, and protect vulnerable children and adults in each of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City.  DHS works in every community in Maryland to positively impact the lives of Marylanders.





When this Statewide recruitment opens, it will be conducted to establish a list of eligible candidates to be used to fill any current and future vacancies occurring in our Local Departments of Social Services located throughout the State.   

Main Purpose of Job

A Family Services Caseworker Trainee is the entry level of work providing direct social services to troubled individuals or families that are designed to sustain and improve the social, health, economic, behavioral and emotional functioning of customers.  Employees in this classification do not supervise other positions.

Employees in this classification receive close supervision from a Licensed Social Worker.  Employees in this classification may be required to work evenings and on weekends. Work is performed in customers’ homes, schools, hospitals and other community settings.  Employees may be required to deal with potentially hazardous situations.


Learns to assist customers in identifying, developing and using their potential capabilities and community resources to resolve social, health, emotional, behavioral and economic problems;

Learns to interview customers to obtain information needed to determine eligibility for social services;

Learns to assess case situations and make recommendations to supervisor regarding individualized plans of service;

Learns to provide limited counseling and crisis intervention services to customers;

Learns to establish and maintain personal contact with other social services agencies and community resources to facilitate the referral of individual customers;

Learns to check public records, such as birth records, for data and to verify information such as income, kinship and residence;

Learns to prepare and manage case records and reports concerning information secured and services rendered;

Learns to testify in legal proceedings regarding family service cases;

Learns to develop and implement a personalized training plan to maintain and upgrade knowledge and skills related to the delivery of direct services;

May learn to provide on-call coverage;

May learn to participate in the investigation of suspected child or adult abuse or neglect;

May learn to make recommendations for placement of children in foster and adoptive homes;

May learn to participate in the initial investigation of fatalities that result from suspected abuse or neglect;

Performs other related duties.


Applicants must meet all minimum (and selective) qualifications to be considered, and to appear on the list of people eligible for hire.  

EDUCATION:   A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in an appropriate behavioral science, such as: child development, sociology, social work, psychology, counseling, nursing, criminology, juvenile justice, human growth and development, human services, mental health or human resources management that includes at least 30 credit hours in human services or human development.


NOTE: These requirements are established by the Social Services Administration by authority provided in Human Services Article Title 4, Subtitle 301 Section (b) (1) of the Annotated Code of Maryland. The Department of Budget and Management, Office of Personnel Services and Benefits does not have the authority to accept substitutions or equivalents.


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties that require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.


1. Candidates for this classification must complete an approved training program and pass a competency test prior to permanent appointment to positions.

2. Employees in this classification are required to meet mandatory standards for continuing education as determined by the Department of Human Services. Employees who fail to obtain the required continuing education credits shall be subject to disciplinary action including demotion, suspension and dismissal.

3. Employees in this classification may be subject to on-call duty and may be required to provide telephone numbers where they can be reached.


As an employee of the State of Maryland, you will have access to outstanding benefits, including: health insurance, dental, and vision plans offered at a low cost. CLICK ON THIS LINK FOR MORE DETAILS:   STATE OF MARYLAND BENEFITS

·       Personal Leave - new State employees are awarded six (6) personnel days annually (prorated based on start date).

·       Annual Leave - ten (10) days of accumulated annual leave per year.

·       Sick Leave - fifteen (15) days of accumulated sick leave per year.  

·       Parental Leave - up to sixty (60) days of paid parental leave upon the birth or adoption of a child.

·       Holidays - State employees also celebrate at least twelve (12) holidays per year.  

·       Pension - State employees earn credit towards a retirement pension.

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