Child Specific Adoption Recruiter (Social Worker III)

Work Type
Family and Children’s Services


Closing Date
December 31, 2019
Posted December 16, 2019

Agency Name
Catawba County Department of Social Services

Work County

Job Location
3030 11th Avenue Drive SE
North Carolina
Job Description

Catawba County Social Services, an innovative organization with a long history of providing superb services, is recruiting a highly motivated individual to fill a Child Specific Adoption Recruiter position.  The Child Specific Adoption Recruiter will provide adoption services including foster care case management for assigned children, adoption competency skill building for families, child specific adoption recruitment services, and assure completion of legal and financial aspects of adoption cases, including adoption assistance.  The goal of the position is to recruit adoptive parents who can provide secure, nurturing, permanent placements for children legally clear for adoption, and to prepare the family and children for adoption so that the family remains intact. Strong preference for applicants with Masters or Bachelor’s degree in Social Work.  RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Assess, prepare and place children for adoption who may have a wide range of needs
  • Work with resource (foster, kinship, or adoption) parents and birthparents to obtain information regarding the child
  • Active participation on adoption selection committees, treatment team meetings, and permanency planning meetings
  • Provide support to foster/adopt families
  • Provide assistance to improve the foster/adopt families understanding and skills to facilitate positive behaviors and communication with the child
  • Support adoptive family through the adoption legal process
  • Provide state mandated case management services for children in DSS Legal Custody
  • Develop and maintain case plans
  • Provide post adoption services and support
  • Keep statistic, maintain records, record case management activity as well as other documentation and reporting
  • Communicate with private agencies/providers to stabilize placements and advocate for the needs of children
  • Master’s degree from an accredited school of social work; or
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited school of social work and one year of experience; or
  • Four-year degree in a human service field with two years of social work experience
  • Valid Driver's License with safe driving record
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including active listening and interviewing skills
  • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and multi-task on a daily basis
  • Sound knowledge of social work principals, techniques and practices with the ability to apply these practices to complex situations in order to assess and prepare families and children for adoption placement
  • Prior experience using assessment skills, critical judgment, and knowledge of mental health/child welfare/trauma issues
  • Ability to complete legal documents required for facilitation of adoption
  • Effective group facilitation skills
  • This is considered Light Work, lifting up to 20 pounds required.
  • Strong preference for a Masters or Bachelor’s degree in Social Work.
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