Reports To: Adoption Program Manager
Beginning Pay: $29,000 - $33,000 salary
Application Deadline: June 22, 2018
Full-time Adoption Specialist. Assessing, preparing, placing and supervising children who are in foster care due to abuse or neglect in adoptive homes. Recruiting, screening and assessing adoptive family applicants and matching approved families with waiting children.
I. MISSION STATEMENT
Helping children and empowering families by providing safety, advocacy and support.
II. NATURE OF WORK
The Adoption Program is primarily involved with placing children with special needs (i.e. older children, large sibling groups, and children with emotional, physical, and mental impairments) into adoptive homes. The Adoption Specialist is involved in recruiting adoptive families that will provide permanent homes for these children. They assess both the child and the family, carefully screen of adoptive applicants, match children with families, prepare both children and families for placement, facilitate training, and provide ongoing support services to these children and families to achieve a high level of success.
III. DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Assess, prepare, and place children from foster care into adoptive homes.
- Recruit, screen, assess, educate/train and support adoptive families.
- Supervise children in their adoptive placement to assure that the children are adjusting. Make referrals as needed.
- Organize, facilitate, and monitor services so that annual adoption objectives are successfully achieved on an annual basis (i.e. placements and finalizations in a timely manner).
- Coordinate community resources (i.e. counseling, special education, and DHHS, etc.) available for and needed by adoptive children and families.
- Complete all necessary agency, DHHS, Adoption Assistance, and legal paperwork requirements on a timely basis.
- Help develop and implement adoption plans so that children obtain permanency in a timely manner.
- Assist with support group activities.
- Participate in required case related activities such as court hearings and other meetings.
- Agency related duties to include: attendance at general staff meetings, departmental meetings, cooperation with other departments within the agency, and timely completion of paperwork (to include mileage, paid time off requests, outlook calendar).
- Staff members may be assigned to assist with other duties by the administration. Examples include: public relations and promotions, recruitment, special committees or task forces.
- In addition to scheduled 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. work hours, staff members are expected to accommodate his/her personal schedule to clients’ availability and agency need. This will include court hearings, home visits, group meetings, special events, and other after-agency hour appointments and telephone contacts
- Other responsibilities shall include those set forth in agency personnel policies as amended.
- After required training, a full time Adoption Specialist can expect to be responsible for 15 children as well as families.
- Adoption Specialists are required to receive a minimum number of training hours annually.
- Work cooperatively with other agency staff and with personnel from related community agencies, law firms, other agencies and courts. Adoption Specialists are expected to have satisfaction surveys returned that are positive.
- Timely reports with good quality and timely placements as measured by the departmental scoreboard.
- Take responsibility for maintaining accurate and current case records.
- Make sure the services provided are in keeping with the highest standard of professional child welfare services.
IV. ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Ability to communicate verbally and effectively to exchange information with coworkers, peers, the community, and others involved in your position.
- Ability to maintain a stationary position for extended periods of time.
- Ability to be physically mobile when working with children.
- Ability to determine and assess job related documents and visually utilize Agency equipment.
- Ability to physically handle and perform job related functions, including the operation of Agency equipment.
- Ability to physically position oneself to effectively interact with children.
- Ability to ascend/descend stairs safely and successfully.
V. MINIMUM PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
- Educational requirements are a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in social work or a related human services field.
- Background experience in foster care, adoption and/or with individuals with special needs.
- Good oral and written communication skills.
- Good organizational skills.
- Good computer skills.
- Valid driver’s license and adequate insurance with car available at all times.
- Effective written communication skills.
- Ability to work with a variety of people, both within and outside the agency. Must promote a positive image for the agency in the community and in relationships with other agencies and their personnel
- Become familiar with and follow the professional code of ethics and agree to abide by the related agency standards.
- Understanding and sensitivity of the clients’ cultural and socioeconomic characteristics.
- Personal qualities of warmth, sensitivity, and the ability to establish meaningful therapeutic relationships. The capacity to make sound decisions and have healthy boundaries.
- Open to supervision and acceptance of feedback from supervisor, in order to learn and be trained in case management services and treatment skills.
- High frustration tolerance level.
- A comprehensive understanding of child development, especially as it relates to adoptive children from foster care.
- Knowledge of community resources.
- Assertive, flexible, possess good time management and self-organization skills, and self-directed/motivated.
- Knowledge of differing lifestyles and cultures; experience or training in work with children or adults; training or practice in individual or group counseling, interviewing, family assessment, and crisis intervention.
- Good Conflict Resolution Skills. The ability to work with others in a team and coordinate case planning with other departments.
- Good moral character
- A personal commitment to the Agency’s mission, philosophy, and values.