Classification: Part-time, hourly
Establishes initial contact with prospective adoptive families. Works with prospective adoptive families in the process of international and domestic adoption. 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.
- 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 and domestic adoption.
- Conduct home studies.
- Assures all paperwork and documentation complies with state and international country’s 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 and domestic adoption.
- Hosts informational meetings
- Completing home assessments for contract couples as assigned and needed.
- Working with prospective adoptive families throughout the domestic adoption process and conducting home assessments which includes: 4 to 5 interview sessions with the couple, including individual interviews; conducting a home tour; ensuring all paperwork is up to date and in compliance with regulations and agency standards; educating and preparing the family for domestic adoption, birth mother ministry, and trans-racial adoption (if applicable); maintaining communication with the family throughout the process; and conducting post-placement/supervisory visits after placement of a child with a family.
- Assessing a family to determine capacity to be an adoptive parent
- Networks with local CPCs, hospital, OBGyN, shelters and maternity homes through regular contact, trainings and attending events.
- Initial contact and interview with client.
- Counsels clients concerning the options they have regarding their unplanned pregnancy, including factual information about each option, helping them develop an adoption plan if they desire, preparing them for the adoption process, and connecting them to resources if they no longer desire to choose adoption.
- 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 relinquishment’s 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.
Secondary Duties & Responsibilities:
- 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.
- Maintaining social work license.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Social Work.
- Bachelor, graduate or clinical social work license from applicable state licensing Board, required
- Adheres to the Employee Statement and the Statement of Faith
- Moral Integrity
- Spiritual Maturity
- Desire to serve God
- Completes assigned tasks
- Treats everyone with dignity, respect, and consideration
- Makes competent, professional decisions
- Maintains regular and consistent attendance
- Prays and leads others to pray
- Practices discipleship in daily activities
- Upholds the mission, vision, and values of Lifeline
- Excellent communicator
- Remains current in social work practice
- Demonstrates effective interpersonal skills
- Remote Office Environment
- Travel would include family visits and home assessments in order to complete the Home Study
State Specific Requirements:
- Must meet state minimum standards for licensure, certifications (if any) and annual continuing educational requirements if applicable.
- Complete annual training/CEU’s as determined by State regulations and Hague requirements, whichever is greater.