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Child, Family, & School Social Workers

Also called: Case Manager, Family Service Worker, Foster Care Social Worker, School Social Worker

What they do:
Provide social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families and to maximize the family well-being and the academic functioning of children. May assist parents, arrange adoptions, and find foster homes for abandoned or abused children. In schools, they address such problems as teenage pregnancy, misbehavior, and truancy. May also advise teachers.
On the job, you would:
  • Counsel individuals, groups, families, or communities regarding issues including mental health, poverty, unemployment, substance abuse, physical abuse, rehabilitation, social adjustment, child care, or medical care.
  • Interview clients individually, in families, or in groups, assessing their situations, capabilities, and problems to determine what services are required to meet their needs.
  • Serve as liaisons between students, homes, schools, family services, child guidance clinics, courts, protective services, doctors, and other contacts to help children who face problems, such as disabilities, abuse, or poverty.


  • therapy and counseling
Math and Science
  • psychology
  • sociology and anthropology
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • customer service


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • understanding people's reactions
  • looking for ways to help people


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time


People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Concern for Others
  • Self Control
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Stress Tolerance


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Student information systems SIS
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Medical software
  • Patient electronic medical record EMR software


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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