Social Worker | Children's Law Center

Social Worker


Children’s Law Center (CLC) invites applications for a full-time social worker to work with the Guardian ad Litem program.

Children’s Law Center fights so every child in DC can grow up with a loving family, good health and a quality education. Judges, pediatricians and families turn to us to be advocates for children who are abused or neglected, who aren’t learning in school, or who have health problems that can’t be solved by medicine alone. With 100 staff and hundreds of pro bono lawyers, we reach 1 out of every 8 children in DC’s poorest neighborhoods – more than 5,000 children and families each year. And, we multiply this impact by advocating for city-wide solutions that benefit all children.

The CLC social worker consults and collaborates with attorneys on clinically complex cases involved with the District of Columbia abuse and neglect system.   The CLC social worker utilizes a trauma-focused, attachment informed, and culturally humble approach to assess client and family needs, identify appropriate interventions, and to advocate for the best interests of clients.



  • Clinically reviews cases and consults with GALs on case planning, permanency planning, mental health, educational services, and health;
  • Provides independent comprehensive assessments and observations in multiple child welfare related domains including placement, education, caregiving capacity, and therapeutic services;
  • Conducts field and academic based research and provides proactive, strategic, clinical recommendations and advocacy, in the best interests of the client;
  • Conducts visits with client(s) and participates in meetings;
  • Identifies appropriate interventions and assists in coordinating therapeutic services;
  • Collects and manages resources and providers;
  • Assesses, engages, and strengthens both internal and external child welfare teams;
  • Provides clinical advocacy and testimony in court;
  • Conducts internal and external training as needed.


Required Qualifications

  • Candidates must hold a District of Columbia Social Work license: Licensed Graduate Social Workers (LGSW) level or higher;
  • Candidates must be able to obtain an equivalent Maryland Social Work license after hired: candidate must apply for this license and related paperwork/clearances during the first two weeks of employment;
  • One or more years of experience working with children and families;
  • Understanding and integration of trauma and attachment principles in social work practice;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Strong ability to build and maintain productive and ethical relationships with diverse groups of people and/or individuals, including in conflictual environments;
  • Ability to be flexible, excellent time-management and organizational skills;
  • Demonstrated capacity to work independently and collaboratively;
  • Astute observation, critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills;
  • Self-awareness and open to feedback;
  • Valid driver’s license and auto insurance


Preferred and Helpful Qualities

  • Experience with and/or knowledge of child welfare system(s);
  • Experience with and/or knowledge of substance abuse, domestic violence, and mental health;
  • Knowledge of social services in the District of Columbia and Maryland;
  • Spanish language ability
Application Instructions: 

Applications must include a cover letter, current resume, writing sample, and a list of three references.  Interested applicants must submit materials to  Applications must be submitted electronically.  No mailed applications will be considered.  No phone calls please.

Writing Sample Guidelines:

  • 5 pages maximum (even if an excerpt from a longer document)
  • Preferred: an assessment (diagnostic, caregiver, biopsychosocial, etc.) from previous social work employment or field placement.
  • If candidate does not have an assessment, then an excerpt from a social work program paper.


Applications should be addressed to:

Social Worker Staff Search Committee

Children’s Law Center

501 3rd Street NW, Suite 800

Washington, DC 20001

(fax) 202.467.4949


Children’s Law Center has a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural competency. Our aim is to maintain an inclusive, respectful and equitable workplace and ensure all employees are culturally competent in order to most effectively achieve our mission and secure the best possible outcomes for our clients.

Children’s Law Center is an equal opportunity employer. We provide equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibility, matriculation, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, medication, status as a veteran, tobacco use, or other classification protected by law.