Adoptions Specialist

  • Closing Date:

    5/24/2019

  • Job Summary:

    The position is responsible for coordinating targeted marketing efforts to find families for unmatched children in Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties.  Will be responsible for providing technical assistance necessary to ensure a child’s timely navigation through the dependency system as well as recruiting and supporting potential families through the adoption preparation process. Will be responsible training and supporting potential adoptive families in becoming prepared to adopt and providing support to children available for adoption.

  • Essential Functions:

    • Establishes and maintains positive working relationship with HFC internal and external customers
    • Plan and execute targeted marketing strategies to find families to adopt
    • Participates in recruitment and retention activities including promoting local children available for adoption in the community
    • Recruits and prescreens prospective adoptive families
    • Assesses permanency needs of the children and youth
    • Assesses strengths and limitations of placement options
    • Develops family systems and community supports for placement options
    • Teach adoption/specialized classes and information night meetings for prospective families
    • Arranges and conducts meetings with potential adoptive families
    • Reviews all adoption home studies for potential child matches
    • Facilitates or participates in match meetings/staffings and interviews with case management and adoptive families
    • Provides recommendations for placement match including at-risk placements
    • Supports pre-adoptive families through to adoption to assure stability
    • Assists in the development and maintenance of tracking systems
    • Creates content and collateral materials that helps promote sharing child specific information about children available for adoption
    • Provides timely follow up with all interested families who inquire about adoption or generated via the recruitment displays
    • Provides supports and works collaboratively with case management regarding families who have active home studies
    • Participates in statewide adoption related calls, trainings and the campaign initiatives
    • Participates in and/or facilitate case management staffings to include family team conferencing, multi-disciplinary, reunification, permanency, adoption and post adoptions staffings, AARC Staffings, separated sibling staffings and presentations promoting and supporting adoption
    • Evaluates the rationale for services, assessments of current placement including the need for additional evaluations through the consideration of the child/family’s circumstance and the provider’s ability to meet the service need or provide alternate settings
    • Maintains and updates recruitment displays, the Heart Gallery
    • Performs special projects as assigned

  • Qualifications Required:

    Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or Human Services field and a minimum of three years experience in child protection and/or child welfare required

  • Qualifications Preferred:

     Child Welfare Certification, experience in child welfare eligibility determination and knowledge FSFN preferred.

  • Physical Requirements:

  • Benefits:

    Excellent benefits package with tuition assistance, domestic partner coverage, retirement and generous paid time off.

     

  • Additional Information:

    Drug free workplace. Drug testing req. EOE/M/F/D/V.  

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