Children Services Worker (Part-Time)


Recruitment #230918-1923HN-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families (DCF) is seeking talented and motivated Children Service Workers to join our team part-time at the Albert J. Solnit Children’s Center

Position Highlights:
  • Part-time, 16 hours per week
  • Saturday and Sunday
  • Schedule 1: 2:45pm - 11:15pm (16 hours per week) 
  • Schedule 2: 7:00am - 3:30pm (16 hours per week)  
  • Middletown, CT
  • Schedules include non-standard starting/end times, holidays and weekends, and shall be determined based on operational needs and after contractual obligations are met.
About Us:
DCF's mission is partnering with communities and empowering families to raise resilient children who thrive. We are proud of our diverse and dedicated workforce who strive every day to meet the needs of those we encounter.  

The Albert J. Solnit Children's Center is part of DCF, widely recognized as a center of excellence for family-centered treatment of children and youth with serious emotional disturbances. This state-administered Psychiatric hospital provides comprehensive care to children and adolescents under the age of eighteen, with severe mental illness and related behavioral and emotional problems who cannot be safely assessed or treated in a less restrictive setting. The South Campus consists of four co-ed hospital units and three female adolescent psychiatric residential treatment facility cottages (PRTF).  

Our 67-acre campus is centrally located in Middletown, Connecticut overlooking the Connecticut River. The Solnit Center facilities support our dedication to helping youth improve their individual and social competencies. The campus includes: two schools, an indoor pool, playgrounds, a ball field, two gyms, recreation rooms, seven program-specific residential units, and an outdoor picnic area.                 

What’s In It For You:
  • To work for a Forbes top company: ‘ForbesState of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023 - State of CT Receives National Recognition for Offering Job Growth, Competitive Benefits, and Flexible Schedule;
  • A Platinum Healthcare Plan, the nation’s best for state employees and dependents, according to a report by Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reform and article by Ellen Andrews, Ph.D., along with comprehensive benefit offerings
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings.
  • Paid time off - including 13 paid holidays per calendar year.
  • Professional growth and paid professional development opportunities.
  • A healthy work-life balance to all employees.
  • State of Connecticut is an eligible Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer, meaning you may be eligible to have qualifying student loans forgiven after 10 years of service.  Click here for more information.
Discover the opportunity to: 
  • Engage in a rewarding career
  • Assist our employees so they can achieve success
  • Make a difference in the public sector
  • Work together in a collaborative team environment  
We hope you take this opportunity to make a difference!

Selection Plan

Application Process:

This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.

In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the minimum qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date, unless otherwise specified.

The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to

Please ensure that your application is complete. You will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the state of Connecticut.

Selection Process:

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (Finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error.

During the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation supporting their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc. at the discretion of the agency.

Contact Information:

Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process.

Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Christopher Lavallee at


In a state childcare facility or program this class is accountable for performing a full range of basic counseling and custodial activities for residents.


  • Counsels and advises residents individually on such matters as purpose of institutionalization, problems, progress in unit and placement plans; 
  • Participates in maintaining a therapeutic milieu by meeting psychological and physical needs of residents; 
  • Oversees daily living activities to ensure proper care of residents; 
  • Teaches residents in unit self-support skills such as basic money management, daily living habits, hygiene, etc.; 
  • Dispenses rewards to residents as a result of behavior; 
  • Oversees recreational activities for residents; 
  • Writes reports of significant events in unit such as runaways and accidents; 
  • Checks temperatures of residents and dispenses selected medications; 
  • Records daily activities in log book; 
  • Escorts residents to destinations on and off grounds, to and from meals, class, infirmary, court, placements, etc.; 
  • Disciplines children who are acting out and follows up with appropriate action; 
  • Attends staff meetings and training sessions to improve treatment and therapy skills; 
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Knowledge of
    • human behavior and emotions; 
    • behaviors characteristic of clients with emotional and/or behavioral disorders; 
    • proper procedures in threatening or emergency situations; 
  • Considerable interpersonal skills; 
  • Ability to
    • foster self-worth and self-identity in clients; 
    • counsel and motivate clients in coping with problems and setting achievable goals; 
    • use good judgment and assess situations.


Two (2) years of paraprofessional experience in an applied treatment program for emotionally disturbed, delinquent, behaviorally disordered, educationally deficient or intellectually disabled children or youth.


  • An Associate's degree in the health, human services or mental health areas may be substituted for the General Experience.
  • Thirty (30) college credits in a course of study leading to a Bachelor's degree in the behavioral sciences may be substituted for one (1) year of the General Experience.


Preference will be given to individuals with the following experience:  
  • Experience working in congregate care treatment programs;
  • Experience working in a psychiatric/behavioral health, medical or hospital setting;
  • Experience working as a member of an interdisciplinary treatment team;
  • Experience documenting significant events, critical incidents and/or interventions;
  • Experience escorting residents to destinations on and off grounds;
  • Experience advocating and teaching self-support skills to youth, reinforcing positive behaviors and/or applying therapeutic interventions.


  • Incumbents in this class may be required to be bilingual or fluent in American Sign Language.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and maintain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's license.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.


Incumbents in this class may be required to lift or restrain residents and may have significant exposure to risk of injury from assaultive and/or abusive residents.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.


As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes.  As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.