Kansas Social Worker

September 22, 2020 lifeline Blog

Topeka, KS

Status: Part-time, hourly or Full-time, salaried

Establishes initial contact with birth parents, and prospective adoptive families for the Domestic and International programs.

Counsels clients concerning the options they have regarding an unplanned pregnancy, including factual information about each option, helping to develop an adoption plan if desired, preparing for the adoption process, and connecting with resources if no longer desiring to choose adoption.

Networks in the community with potential referral sources by building relationships and conducting trainings.

Responsible for:

  • To be a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ to co-workers, clients and ministry partners
  • Helps recruit, enroll, maintain, and work with prospective adoptive parents in processing an international or domestic adoption
  • Conduct home studies for prospective adoptive parents.
  • Assures all paperwork and documentation complies with international country’s or state standards
  • Ensures that all information needed to complete the adoption record is completed and on file prior to the date of submission of dossier
  • Schedules/completes post-adoption/placement visits after placement of child
  • Working with families through process until they travel to the international country, including fielding questions, following up with phone call, and completing all applicable paperwork and communication necessary to prepare family to travel overseas.
  • Counseling clients/families on the nature of international or domestic adoption.
  • Assisting the international director, supervisor, manager, and coordinators with various tasks assigned in process of international adoption.
  • Helping International staff with international informational meetings.
  • Completing home assessments for contract couples as assigned and needed.
  • Initial contact and interview with client
  • Obtains information regarding the client to be able to counsel her concerning the options she has in an adoption plan, including information on the father of the child.
  • Assists the expectant parent in arranging for prenatal care and hospital admission for delivery, and connecting her to insurance resources.
  • Maintains regular contacts with client to provide counseling during and after delivery, including facilitating a good working relationship with the client.
  • Serves as the expectant parent’s support system in the hospital if desired.
  • Maintains availability with client as necessary.
  • Provides the client the means for spiritual growth, including the ministry of evangelism and discipleship, in a non-threatening way.
  • Serves as an advocate for the client’s best interest.
  • Explains to the client the legal process of terminating parental rights and respecting her right to withdraw her relinquishments if within the legal period allowed.
  • Creates legal and other necessary paperwork for discharge and relinquishment of baby.
  • Maintains availability for post-adoption counseling of the birth parents.
  • Maintains detailed records of contacts, including case notes, assessments, court documents, legal papers, time sheets, medical and family history, and other required paperwork.
  • Serves as a liaison with interim care parents and the casework supervisor pertaining to the progress of each child under the worker’s care, including the child’s progress, medical information, doctor’s visits, and other relevant information.
  • Serves as an advocate for the child’s best interest.
  • Networks in the community with potential referral sources by building relationships and conducting trainings.

Depending on your office location, this position may be assigned to one region/country or multiple regions/countries in order to best serve the families in your area.

Other Duties

  • Assisting in agency-related events, including the annual staff retreat, the annual banquet and anniversary celebrations both international and domestic.
  • 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
  • Must have the ability to lift and carry up to 25 pounds for the purpose of transporting a baby, car seat, and other related equipment.

Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Social Work or other related field
  • Maintain Licensure from applicable state licensing board (BSRB in KS)

Work Environment:

  • Local office-based
  • Travel would include  family and/or hospital visits and home assessments in order to complete the Home Studies in the area.

State Specific Requirements:

  • Social Work license from applicable state licensing Board, if required.
  • Complete annual training/CEU’s as determined by State regulations and Hague requirements, whichever is greater.

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posted 9/22/20

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