Four Oaks ADOPTION SUPPORT SPECIALIST - part-time in United States

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Family Resources is looking for someone who is dedicated to helping support families post adoption. The role of the Adoption Specialist is to provide support to post-adoption families receiving Iowa subsidy in an effort to maintain permanency and prevent disruption in the territory of Lee, Henry, Des Moines, Lousia, Muscatine, and Scott counties. This entails providing crisis response, behavioral interventions, information dissemination, referral for treatment services, arranging for recreation and respite, and other supportive activities.

This position is expected to build professional working relationships with contract and community partners. The Adoption Specialist is also responsible for recruiting new families eligible for services, conducting outreach and activities designed to enhance and expand local services, and ensuring proper documentation is completed according to federal and state guidelines.

Position Hours: Will have to be flexible to meet needs of the clients, most hours will be while kids are in schools. Part-time benefits available This position will cover the following counties in Iowa; Lee, Henry, Des Moines, and Lousia,

Responsibilities:

Direct Support to Families

  • Provide initial support to adoptive families receiving subsidy within 7 business days of referral, unless referral is for crisis intervention/permanency disruption, then the support expectations is 24 hours.

  • Develop Family Support Plans with adoptive families to identify supports, needs, and crisis planning.

  • Develop, with the adoptive family, child-specific service goals and document progress in meeting those goals.

  • Provide crisis response when families have children needing additional, immediate support to ensure child abuse or disruption does not occur.

  • Provide regular contact with adoptive families to monitor progress towards meeting child-specific service goals, provide information, and coordinate treatment services and school support as needed.

  • Maintain cooperative working relationship with families, referral sources and stakeholders.

  • Develop support groups in partnership with local IFAPA liaison.

  • Ensure appropriate documentation of PAS services based on federal and state guidelines.

  • Participate in required training, clinical supervision, and care reviews.

  • Maintain variable work hours that are accessible to clients.

Recruitment/Outreach

  • Implement PAS recruitment activities designed to engage new subsidized adoptive families for support.

  • Team with service area Licensing/Recruiters and other IKN staff to conduct local outreach, through scheduled recruitment events or community meetings, to promote PAS services.

  • Meet with local DHS Adoption teams regularly to promote PAS services and generate new referrals.

  • Work with IFAPA and other programs that will assist in marketing and recruitment efforts of new subsidized adoptive families.

Education/Experience:

High school diploma/GED required. Bachelor Degree, or higher, in social work or a related field plus a minimum of two years’ experience within the child welfare field is preferred. Experience in the area of adoption and/or foster care and special needs adoption and dynamics is preferred.

Must have current proof of car insurance, able to pass driving background check and have reliable transportation.

Bilingual and/or bi-cultural applicants are highly encouraged to apply.

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