Location: Greenville, South Carolina
Provides ongoing education and advocacy for families seeking international or domestic adoption. Establishes initial contact with prospective adoptive families and assists in helping families through the adoption process.
- 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
- Assures all paperwork and documentation complies with applicable state or 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, calls & reports 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 adoption
- Hosts Information Meetings
- Serves as initial contact for clients as back up to the primary Lifeline pregnancy counselor in upstate
- Counsels clients concerning the options they have regarding their unexpected 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, including the child’s progress, medical information, doctor’s visits, and other relevant information
- Networks in the community with potential referral sources by building relationships and conducting trainings.
Church & Community Partnerships
- Develops and cultivates partnerships with upstate churches
- Builds upon existing and historical relationships while highlighting Lifeline Children’s Services in comparison to local attorneys and other adoption agencies.
- Assists in marketing initiatives in and around Florida to promote the Lifeline ministry, both from a development and awareness side.
- Pursues opportunities to speak in churches about the Biblical alternative of adoption and the success of Lifeline.
Secondary Duties & Responsibilities:
- Assisting in agency-related events, including annual development events
- 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
- 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.
- Other duties as assigned
- Bachelor’s Degree Required
- Bachelor’s of Social Work strongly preferred
- 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
- Office environment with some work from home flexibility
- Travel in upstate SC to family homes, community partners, churches, hospitals
State Specific Requirements:
- Certified adoption investigator (CAI) license required, can apply after starting position
- Complete annual training/CEUs as determined by State regulations and Hague requirements, whichever is greater