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Social Worker - CAFL Springfield 

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Social Worker - CAFL Springfield


The Children and Family Law Division (CAFL) of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, the Massachusetts public defender agency, is seeking a full-time Social Worker to work with attorneys representing children and indigent parents in our Springfield office.




CPCS is committed to protecting the fundamental constitutional and human rights of our assigned clients through zealous advocacy, community-oriented defense, and the fullness of excellent legal representation.  We are dedicated to building and maintaining strong professional relationships, while striving to accept, listen to and respect the diverse circumstances of each client, as we dedicate ourselves to meeting their individual needs.  It is our CPCS mission to achieve these goals, and in furtherance thereof, we embrace and endorse diversity, equity and inclusion as our core values as we maintain a steadfast commitment to: (1) Ensure that CPCS management and staff members represent a broad range of human differences and experience; (2) Provide a work climate that is respectful and supports success; and (3) Promote the dignity and well-being of all staff members. CPCS leadership is responsible for ensuring equity, diversity, and inclusion. The ability to achieve these goals with any level of certainty is ultimately the responsibility each member of the CPCS community.




CPCS is the state agency in Massachusetts responsible for providing an attorney when the state or federal constitution or a state statute requires the appointment of an attorney for a person who cannot afford to retain one.  The agency provides representation in criminal, delinquency, youthful offender, child welfare, guardianship, mental health, sexually dangerous person, and sex offender registry cases, as well as in appeals and post-conviction and post-judgment proceedings related to those matters.




The Children and Family Law Division provides attorneys to children, young adults, and indigent parents in care and protection (C&P), termination of parental rights (TPR), child requiring assistance (CRA), and guardianship-of-a-minor cases, as well as in other civil matters involving children and young adults in which there is a right to counsel.  Most CAFL cases are heard in the Juvenile Court. CAFL assignments, however, also require a significant amount of out-of-court advocacy, primarily with the Department of Children and Families, but also with schools and with other state and private agencies. There is substantial diversity – racial, ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and otherwise – among CAFL clients. Hence, CAFL attorneys must be attuned to cultural nuance and a range of complex relationships involved in their cases.




The Children & Family Law Division is seeking a full time Social Worker to work with attorneys representing children and indigent parents in care and protection, child requiring assistance, and termination of parental rights cases in our Springfield office. This full-time position is required to work 35 hours per week.




Applicants must have:

Bachelor’s degree in social work, or other related degree, and one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of skills, education, and experience;

Experience working with children and families, preferably in an outreach capacity;

Insured, reliable and available transportation, and a valid MA driver’s license; and,

Access to a personal computer with home internet access sufficient to work remotely.


An ideal candidate will have a MSW and a Massachusetts LCSW/LICSW license.




In addition, candidates will have:

A commitment to serving a culturally diverse, low-income population;

Experience related to and knowledge of clinical issues regarding child placement and adoption, substance abuse, domestic violence, and related fields;

Experience in the field of child welfare;

Knowledge of social, psychological, medical, economic, and legal factors that influence behavior;

Skills and experience in interviewing clients, assessing their needs, case management, and service planning;

Good organizational skills and the ability to track and monitor individual client cases;

Skills and experience in interacting with persons of various social, racial, cultural, economic, and educational backgrounds;

Knowledge of public and private social services systems and programs;

Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and persuasively, both orally and in writing;

Proven ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently; and,

Foreign language skills a plus.




Social Workers in the Children and Family Law Trial Offices are integral members of the legal team. Led by the attorney, the team zealously represents and advocates for clients. Social Workers work with attorneys and other team members to prepare a client’s case and to get the best possible outcome for the client. Social work intervention occurs at all stages of the court process.


Social Worker responsibilities include:

Interviewing clients and conducting home visits;

Performing needs assessments, developing service plans, referring clients to service providers, and making direct connections between clients and programs;

Developing linkages with local government agencies and service providers;

Helping attorneys prepare for litigation;

Advocating for clients in a client-directed practice; and,

Other duties as assigned.

EEO Statement


The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran or military status, genetic information, gender identity, or sexual orientation as required by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and other applicable federal and state statutes and organizational policies.  Applicants who have questions about equal employment opportunity or who need reasonable accommodations can contact the interim Director of Human Resources Management, Mark Conlon, at