Job Title: Pregnancy, Parenting and Adoption Caseworker & Permanency Support Specialist I
Job Classification (Exempt or Non-exempt): Non-Exempt
Pregnancy, Parenting, and Adoption Program Director or Assistant Director for PPA case supervision and for Right Turn administrative supervision and Right Turn Program Supervisor for Right Turn case supervision.
Job Summary: (PPA)Provides parenting and adoption education and support to women, men and their families dealing with an unplanned pregnancy. Conducts support groups for women and men who choose to parent or choose to make an adoption plan. Conducts home studies, provides education and conducts support groups for prospective adoptive parents or adoptive parents. Conducts post-placement visits and post placement services which includes education and support to adoptive families. Presents to schools, other agencies, physicians/nurses, service organizations and others on services provided by NCHS. Presents to prospective adoptive parents and adoptive families on issues surrounding adoption at educational trainings offered through NCHS.
(RT) To collaborate with eligible adoptive or guardianship families to identify desired outcomes, needs to reach those outcomes and strategies to meet the needs or remove the barriers. The intent is to help preserve families by addressing needs most often expressed by families. Family networking services include respite care, mentoring, support groups, educational groups, and online services.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities (PPA):
a. Responding in a caring, understanding, prompt manner to all correspondence, telephone calls, and other inquiries.
b. Assisting women and men with providing information on obtaining services and resources such as medical care, housing, educational, vocational, employment, child care, state assistance, financial, etc;
c. Assisting women and men with providing education, within NCHS guidelines, on the options parenting and adoption by using decision making tools, budgets, the NCHS parenting curriculum, videos pertaining to parenting and adoption and using other articles and books.
d. For those women and men considering adoption: obtaining social and medical information on mom and dad; sharing prospective adoptive parent profiles based on the mother and/or the father’s requests; facilitates any pre-birth meetings between the prospective birth parents and prospective adoptive parents; assists in completing the required legal paperwork and required NCHS forms to make an adoption plan, facilitates the adoptive placement of the child and provides appropriate social background and medical information to the adoptive parents.
e. Collaborates with other caseworkers in the placement of children with special needs.
f. Participates in special needs adoptive parent preparation meetings.
g. Applies for SSI and subsidy for special needs adoption as needed.
h. Conducting groups as necessary in regards to parenting and/or adoption, including post relinquishment support groups.
2. Informs clients of legal aspects and documentation requirements.
3. Writes post-placement reports.
4. Maintains agency records related to dictation, NCHS required forms and legal documents pertaining to adoption planning and placement, including affidavits, notice to birth fathers, SSI and subsidy applications.
5. Conducts home studies on prospective adoptive parents as assigned in accordance with Federal
and with the State of Nebraska laws and NCHS guidelines by:
a. Facilitates the education of prospective adoptive parents regarding adoption issues;
b. Answers questions and assesses prospective adoptive parents readiness for
c. Providing a written home study.
a. Conducting post placement visits and writing post placement reports for
b. Facilitates the ongoing contact between adoptive parents and birth families, as
a. Provides schools, service organizations, physicians, nurses, hospital social workers, social service agencies, with brochures and other materials on the services provided by NCHS.
b. Creates and maintains working relationships with other social service agencies by attending community social service meetings.
a. Develops relationships with community agencies, to include the Department of Health and Human Services local offices, to identify needs and/or gaps in services in the community(ies) and provide the PPA Program Director; Asst. PPA Program Director; Director of Foster Care; Director of the Children and Family Center; and/or the Chief Program Officer with this information as a means of program development or enhancement.
b. Develops work plans/action plans to implement program development as directed by the above Program Directors, Chief Program Officer and/or Chief Executive Officer
c. Acts as a liason to community agencies in facilitating program development as requested by the above Program Directors, Chief Program Officer and/or Chief Executive Officer
12. Demonstrates respect, appreciation, and sensitivity for diversity.
13. Participates within Continuous Quality Improvement program.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities (RT):
Program Documentation and Outcome:
Professionalism and Confidentiality:
Marginal Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Performs other duties as assigned by the Pregnancy, Parenting and Adoption Program Director or Asst. Pregnancy, Parenting and Adoption Program Director or Right Turn Supervisor.
Qualifications and Requirements:
1. Minimum education and experience (PPA):
a. Master Degree preferred in Social Work, Counseling or other related Human Service Field; PLMHP or LMHP preferred
b. Bachelor Degree in Social Work, Counseling, or other related Human Service Field
c. One (1) to three (3) years experience in the pregnancy, parenting or adoption field with direct client contact
d. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.
Minimum education and experience (RT)
2. Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
a. Knowledge of unplanned pregnancy, parenting, adoption and related issues
b. Ability to manage a high volume caseload with multiple demands
c. Ability to follow regulations and procedures
d. Ability to read, discern and interpret information given by pregnancy, parenting and adoptive parent clients
e. Ability to observe situations with sensitivity and objectivity
f. Strong interpersonal skills; excellent verbal and written communication skills
g. Basic computer skills, with willingness to learn and utilize NCHS software and hardware systems
h. Ability to work independently, self-manage and work toward goal achievement
i. Possess driver’s license and personal vehicle insurance
3. Physical demands:
a. Regularly required to speak and hear, walk, climb, sit, use hands and fingers to operate handle or feel objects and equipment
b. Manual lifting requirements are medium.
c. Able to operate a licensed vehicle for travel and possible transportation of clients .
4. Schedule demands (travel, adjustments to accommodate clients, weekends/evenings, etc.):
a. Must be able to adjust normal work schedule to accommodate the needs of clients, including possible evening and weekends.
5. Site factors (work location, environment, travel, etc.):
a. Location of this position is in an office setting.
b. Local travel will be required with State-wide travel on occasion for meetings.
Note: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described above are representative of those that will be encountered by a person performing the essential duties and responsibilities of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
|Date Posted||May 8, 2018|
|Date Closes||June 7, 2018|
|Address||115 Railway St. Ste C 101|
|Located In||Scottsbluff, NE|
|Work At||PO Box 2181|
|Department||Pregnancy, Parenting & Adoption|
|Job Type||Full-time Employee|
|Hours||40 hours per week; M-F, 8:30-4:30|
|SOC Category||21-1021.00 Child, Family, and School Social Workers|
|Address||2222 2nd Avenue, Suite 802|
|City, State and Zip||Kearney, NE 68848|
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