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Position: Western Slope Adoption Caseworker & Birth Parent Counselor
Employment Status:Administrative Non-Exempt/Part-Time
Reports To: IAP Placement Supervisor/FF Placement Supervisor
Effective Date: January 1, 2019
This is an hourly non-exempt, part-time position (15-20 hours/week). If you would like to be considered please submit resume, cover letter & hourly compensation requirements to Erin Groce, Adoption Options HR Director – email@example.com
Reporting to the Infant Adoption & Flexible Families Placement Supervisors, the Western Slope Adoption Caseworker & Birth Parent Counselor provides a variety of advanced administrative functions that support critical agency child placement services. The Adoption Caseworker & Birth Parent Counselor is responsible for coordinating significant aspects of the adoption process including but not limited to; case management and facilitation, scheduling and completion of home assessments using SAFE (structured analysis family evaluation), presentation of conclusions and recommendations, post placement supervision as required and the preparation, completion and distribution of all related documentation. The Adoption Caseworker & Birth Parent Counselor is also responsible for providing counseling and support to birth parents during the decision-making process, conducting formal presentations with potential adoptive families, providing post placement support, preparation and completion of all legally required documentation, and supporting outreach activities regarding Adoption Options available services. This position will also coordinate all aspects of the Flexible Family (foster-to-adopt) program including but not limited to, recruitment and retention of Flexible Families, family education and training, networking and marketing of families to state agencies both in and out of Colorado, scheduling and completion of home assessments, attendance at formal presentations and the placement of children into families from foster care. Provide post placement supervision as required, prepare, complete and distribute all finalization documentation. In addition, the Flexible Families Caseworker must maintain up-to-date awareness of all foster care policies and procedures and participate in all State foster care audits. The Adoption Caseworker & Birth Parent Counselor must maintain up-to-date situational awareness of all active cases, clients, processes and events.
- Follow established processes and protocols per Adoption Options policy and procedures manual
- Coordinate and conduct formal presentation events that inform potential clients about Adoption Options’ philosophy, experience and services
- Facilitate and/or co-facilitate any preparation/education groups as required
- Undertake initial assessment meetings to determine client suitability for the adoption process
- Facilitate the family evaluation process, including a minimum of 3 joint visits (at least one of which must be in the client’s home) and conduct individual interviews with each applicant and individual interviews with all children in the home (if applicable). Complete the assessment in the SAFE format.
- Prepare written family assessment and present to a Placement Supervisor in a timely manner
- Organize all materials and related documents for presentation to the chosen family
- Provide court reports as directed and attend court hearings when necessary
- Provide post-placement support and supervision including a minimum of 3 homes visits within the first six months of supervision.Complete and submit post-placement reports to the court on a quarterly basis, or as directed.
- Track, complete and distribute all placement documents
- Work with Western Slope Outreach Support person to coordinate recruiting and retaining foster-to-adopt families through information nights, fairs, church and other events
- Facilitate all education and training of foster families as required
- Network, market and present Flexible Families to County and State Department of Social Services to make “matches” for waiting children in foster care
- Work in partnership with other agencies to constantly maintain relationships that have waiting children needing placements
- Work closely with the AO worker responsible for Licensing to maintain certification of families
- Advocate and support Flexible Families in the process of pre-placement of children including formal presentations, coordination of visitation before child moves into family, placement support and all post placement support and services
- Provide decision-making counseling to birthparent(s) considering a plan of adoption
- Present detailed information, conclusions and recommendations regarding both birthparents at birthparent (BP) staffing’s
- Work with diverse and sometimes challenging populations and assess safety concerns of birthparents
- Liaise between the cradle care provider, birthparents, and agency as needed
- Provide pre and post placement counseling as necessary
- Attend court proceedings with birthparents during relinquishment and termination ofparental rights
- Refer to Social Services when it is anticipated/believed that a child may be at risk of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse or neglect as mandated by state regulations
- Prepare ICPC documentation regarding birthparents and child as required
- Refer birthparents to available community resources as deemed appropriate
- Maintain up-to-date and thorough client files per state regulations including audit and licensing requirements
- Prepare child summary and letter to the child upon finalization
- Prepare and complete ICPC documentation regarding adoptive families, birth parents and children as required
- Work independently and within a team on special on non-recurring projects as assigned by the Assistant Executive Director or Placement Supervisor.These activities may require working with agency clients, assisting co-workers, planning, scheduling and communicating progress both verbally and in writing.
The position requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required
- BA, BS, or BSW in the social or behavioral sciences, preferably a Master’s degree in one of these fields and a minimum of two years of human services experience
- Must possess exceptional interpersonal, presentation, time management and organizational skills
- Be trained and certified in SAFE (structured analysis family evaluation) process or, obtain SAFE certification as soon as practical post hire
- Understanding of birthparent (BP) counseling legal requirements and processes
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required
- An analytical ability is required in order to gather and summarize data for reports and find solutions to a variety of client and agency related situations
- Consistently demonstrate an ability to respond to changing situations in a flexible manner in order to meet the current needs of the agency, such as reprioritizing work as necessary
- Must have your own computer
- Demonstrate a proactive approach to responsibilities
- Display a willingness to make decisions; exhibit sound and accurate judgment, support and explain rationale for decisions, include appropriate individuals in decision-making process and make decisions in a timely fashion
- Meet the attendance requirements of the job, including weekends and evenings as directed
- Must have access to reliable transportation and possess a valid unrestricted drivers’ licenseas frequent local travel will be required, overnight travel possible
- Work within approved budgets as established by the Executive Director
The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Speaking and hearing ability sufficient to communicate effectively by phone or in person at normal volumes
- Intermittent physical activity including bending, reaching and prolonged periods of sitting
- Routinely lifting and/or moving up to 20 pounds
- Required to work extended periods of time at a video display terminal with ongoing keyboard data entry
- Ability to safely and efficiently operate a motor vehicle
- Vision adequate to read correspondence, computer screen, forms, etc.
This position may have periodic supervisory responsibilities
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. This is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and physical demands. Adoption Options management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet business and agency needs as necessary
To provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at Adoption Options will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. Adoption Options does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetics, gender identity or expression, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
Adoption Options will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination, and access to benefits and training.
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