Location: Charleston, SC

Qualifications shall be:

  • Master’s Level degree in Social Work.
  • Bachelor, graduate, or clinical social work license from applicable state licensing Boards.

Responsible for:

Birthmother Counseling

  • 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 the Boarding Home Agreement permitting discharge of the baby from the hospital.
  • Arrange for foster care placement of the child.
  • 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 a liaison with foster 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.
  • Serving as an advocate for the child’s best interest.
  • Assisting in agency-related events, including the annual banquet and anniversary celebration.

Adoption Awareness (Crisis Pregnancy Centers)

  • 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 birthmothers, 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 birthmothers 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 in around South Carolina to promote Lifeline’s ministry both on the development side and awareness side.

Social Worker – Adoption Assessments

  • Initial contact and interview with prospective adoptive families through the international and domestic programs.
  • 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.
    • Possible 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.
  • Completing home assessments for contract couples as assigned and needed.  These couples are couples needing home assessments because they are working with another agency.

Other Duties

  •  Completing foster home assessments and updates as assigned; including providing GPS and other certifications.
  • Assisting in agency-related events, including the annual banquet and anniversary celebration.
  • Maintaining personal 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.