Position Summary: Serves as initial contact and interviews with expectant mothers considering an adoption plan or parenting plan. Provides coaching services to birth parents. Handles initial contact and interview with prospective adoption families for the international and domestic programs. Facilitates the placement of children in domestic and international adoptions while working with the family. Establishes and maintains contact with networking opportunities for our ministry. Serves as liaison with community, church, local pregnancy centers, educating staff, families, and clients
- Bachelors Degree in Social Work
- Adoption Experience preferred
- Master’s Degree in Social Work and 2 years child placement services preferred
- Social work license from applicable state licensing board (BSRB)
- Initial contact and interview with client.
- Counseling clients concerning the options they have regarding adoption.
- Obtaining information concerning the putative father and his feelings about the situation.
- If the biological parents are minors, the worker will arrange for appointment of a guardian ad litem.
- Assisting the birth mother in arranging for prenatal care and hospital admission for delivery.
- Determining availability of private health insurance or assisting clients with obtaining Medicaid.
- Maintaining regular contacts with client to provide counseling during and after delivery, including facilitating a good working relationship with the client.
- Providing the client the means for spiritual growth, including the ministry of evangelism and discipleship, in a non-threatening way.
- Serving as an advocate for the client’s best interest.
- Explaining to the client the legal process of terminating parental rights and respecting her right to withdraw her relinquishments if within the legal period allowed.
- Visiting client in the hospital after delivery to have mother sign paperwork permitting discharge of the baby from the hospital.
- Facilitate the adoptive home placement of the child under the direction of the Casework Supervisor.
- Be available for post-adoption counseling of the birth parents.
- Maintain detailed records of contacts, including case notes, assessments, court documents, legal papers, time sheets, medical and family history, and other required paperwork.
- Serving as an advocate for the child’s best interest.
- Maintain relationships with local attorneys.
- Assisting in agency-related events, including the annual banquet.
Adoption Awareness (Crisis Pregnancy Centers, hospitals, schools, correctional facilities)
- Build upon existing and historical relationships while highlight Lifeline Children’s Services in comparison to local attorneys and other adoption agencies.
- Educate directors, staff, and volunteers to the services offered by Lifeline Children’s Services for adoption minded expectant parents, including medical care, counseling, maternity homes, and the quality of Christian adoptive families that are available – focus on a staff member to help provide adoption counseling to girls including the Lifeline video. Foster good will between the ministries, emphasizing teamwork in a common goal to reach expectant parents with the truth of Christ and abortion.
- Develop counselor training and adoption awareness presentation and material. Assist in adoption-related counselor training. Ensure that the affiliates have the necessary resource material about adoption and Lifeline Children’s Services.
- Receive positive and negative feedback from affiliates to improve on Lifeline’s programs and ministry.
- Help with marketing initiatives to promote Lifeline’s ministry both on the development side and awareness side.
- Pursue relationships with electronic and print media, and encourage favorable coverage of adoption issues and ministry profiles.
- Pursue opportunities to speak in to speak in churches about the Biblical alternative of adoption and the success of Lifeline Children’s Services and encourage financial support of the ministry whenever possible and the situation presented.
Social Worker – Adoption Assessments
- Initial contact and interview with prospective adoptive families through the international, domestic, and Kansas adopt only ministries.
- Helping recruit, enroll, maintain, and work with prospective adoptive families in processing an international or domestic adoption.
- Working with prospective adoptive couples throughout the adoption process through home assessments which includes:
- Making a home visit to interview the couple.
- Interviewing each spouse separately, and in the home prior to completing a written home assessment.
- Make sure all paperwork and documentation complies with international countries standards.
- Seeing that all information needed to complete the adoption record/dossier is completed and in the file prior to date of submission of dossier.
- Post-placement/supervisory visits after placement of child in family to meet requirements of international country.
- Working with families through process until they travel to the international country or adopt domestically, including fielding questions, following up with phone call, and completing all applicable paperwork and communication necessary to prepare family.
- Counseling clients/families on the nature of cross cultural adoption.
- Helping International staff with international informational meetings
Secondary Duties & Responsibilities:
- Assisting with Harbor Families ministry.
- Assisting in agency-related events, including the annual banquet and anniversary celebration.
- Maintaining licensure.
- Maintaining good relationships with co-workers, including solving all disputes in a Biblically prescribed fashion.
- Representing the Agency in a professional manner in and away from the office.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Client focus
- Ethical Conduct
- Excellent decision making skills
- Teamwork orientation
- Problem solving skills
- Personal effectiveness
- Upholds the mission, vision, values of the ministry
- Signs and upholds the Employee Statement and Statement of Faith
- Maintains regular and consistent attendance
- Provides leadership
- Establishes Christ-centered relationships
- Servant leader
- Has a missional mindset
- Technical capacity
- This position primarily operates in a professional office environment.
- Travel is also required throughout the state to conduct home studies and post reports, networking, etc.
State Specific Requirements:
- Must maintain licensure as indicated in KS state standards and meet required continuing education hours
- Bachelor’ or Master’s degree in Social Work
- Maintain Licensure from applicable state licensing board (BSRB in KS)
- Works with prospective adoptive parents throughout the adoption process, only when qualified by state regulations and/or laws to do so.
- Completes home assessments for contract families as assigned/needed, only when qualified by state regulations and/or laws to do so.
Position Updated 8/7/18