Our client is searching for a Permanency Recruitment Specialist with expertise in Child Welfare and the DHHS system. The ideal team member will identify prospective adoptive/guardianship families, provide adoption recruitment services to achieve permanency for children/youth, and collaborate with the professional team connected to the child. If you are seeking a career opportunity and want to make a difference, this is for you!
Essential Job Duties:
Service Delivery for Prospective Adoptive/Guardianship Parents and Children/Youth:
- Prepare the youth and families for potential adoption/guardianship.
- Maintain a positive and consistent relationship with all parties.
- Advocate for the children/youth by ensuring the child’s emotional, behavioral, trauma and cognitive related needs are being met through education, advocacy and non crisis related support.
- Facilitate pre-placement meetings and transition between children/youth and prospective adoptive/guardianship parents.
- Provide education and preparation services to persons interested in becoming adoptive/guardianship parents through individual education.
- Review all relevant and available information on a child with a prospective adoptive/guardianship family.
- Support adoptive/guardianship families in addressing behavioral or other problems within the home in a non crisis response context.
- Facilitate communication between biological and adoptive/guardianship families.
- Have face to face contact with the child as well as professionals and family members involved in the case monthly, at a minimum.
- Facilitate service recommendations and advocate for referrals of other possibly necessary child welfare services for children/youth and/or families receiving Permanency Services.
- Coordinate with other service providers to ensure adoptive/guardianship parents are maintaining an appropriate relationship, and therapeutic environment for children/youth in their home.
- Act as an additional resource to the child, team and families involved, by providing open channels of communication in a timely fashion.
- Participate in team meetings, court hearings and all other professional meetings in regard to youth.
- Facilitate communication between all service providers on the team regarding needs and progress of youth.
- Meet with significant adults in the child’s life and maintain regular and ongoing contact with these individuals as well as the youth treatment team.
- Maintain regular and ongoing contact with persons close to and those knowledgeable about the child to facilitate recruitment.
- Complete quarterly reports on each child.
- Maintain files on each child in the program including identifying, historical and ongoing progress information.
- Keep electronic database up to date.
- Record all contacts and communication in a timely manner.
- Complete incident reports when necessary on a child and/or family.
- Participate in quality assurance activities.
- Maintain a positive, respectful and professional demeanor in all contacts with clients, other professionals and the public.
- Seek guidance, as necessary in handling difficult situations, emergencies and establishing priorities for day-to-day work.
- Work to build positive, productive relationships within the Agency.
- Maintain positive, supportive relationships with adoptive/guardianship families as well as biological families and important persons in the child’s life.
Professionalism & Confidentiality:
- Maintain the confidentiality of all clients in Permanency Services.
- Adhere to agency/client record security procedures.
Growth & Development:
- Participate in ongoing training opportunities related to adoption and foster care.
- Participate in regular individual and group supervision meetings which will include case discussion, intervention planning, and progress assessment of the child and families being served.
- Participate in team building and program activities as requested.
- Bachelor’s degree in social work, human services or related field. If Bachelor’s degree is not in related field, must have four years of child welfare experience.
- Minimum of two years’ experience in child welfare.
- Knowledge of case management, adoption related issues, attachment and grief issues.
- Possess a basic understanding of the child welfare/DHHS system.
- Knowledge of resources available within the community.
- Experience working in direct service of children.
- Must demonstrate a commitment to empowering families to solve their own problems, and to the value of children being placed in the most family-like setting available.
- Regular and predictable attendance required.
- Must possess reliable personal transportation.
- Valid driver’s license, proof of liability insurance and ability to drive for Agency business throughout state of Nebraska.
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