Boys & Girls Aid
  • 11-Jun-2018 to 30-Jun-2018 (PST)
  • Adoption Services
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • $17.01 - $19.66/hr.*
  • Hourly
  • Part Time

We are an equal opportunity employer; including veteran and/or disability status

Region:

  • Multnomah, Clackamas, Marion, Washington, and Yamhill Counties.

Essential Functions:

Performing the following will involve travel, including driving, to various locations.

  • Use clinical skills to provide comprehensive assessments for prospective adoptive families including visiting homes, interviewing prospective parents, assessing compatibility with the program and making decisions about the family's ability to provide a stable, safe, and nurturing home for a child. Produce a home study report reflecting this assessment and decision
  • Integrate understanding of diverse socio-economic, racial, ethnic and other cultural backgrounds in working with foster and adoptive parents, and community partners
  • Work as part of a team to help recruit prospective adoptive families for special needs children
  • Work as needed with appropriate program staff to develop and implement training plans and/or curricula to meet training requirements for fostering client's needs
  • Facilitate the adoption matching process to identify children's needs and waiting adoptive families' strengths to meet those needs. Communicate with DHS caseworkers via phone, email, or in person to gather more information on waiting children to present to waiting families to determine a good match. May partner with in-state and out-of-state families to ensure the best adoptive match for children
  • Present waiting families at Adoption Committee at DHS
  • Coordinate the transition and placement of adoptive children. Provide monthly supervision of children in their adoptive placements. Complete Quarterly Supervision Reports and submit to DHS. Complete Finalization Report and submit to Court and DHS, and provide finalization recommendations
  • Assist families in the Adoption Assistance application process and submit application to DHS
  • Participate in Clinical Case Consultation, Child & Family Services Team Meetings and Trainings as needed
  • Participate in adoption-related trainings and orientations as needed (as a co-trainer or facilitator)
  • Attend workshops, trainings, and conferences on special needs adoption issues as recommended and approved by the Director of Adoption Services.*
  • Track all client documentation for alignment with adoption OARS related to opening a case file, maintaining case notes, file management, and file closure
  • Work as a team member with the Child & Family Services team and appropriate program staff
  • Must be able to provide appropriate services and interact appropriately with people from diverse socio-economic, racial, ethnic, and other cultural groups
  • Position may require travel for home studies and to various DHS branches for Adoption Committees or meetings. Travel may also be necessary to assist families during the adoption transition process. May occasionally need to work night or weekend hours to complete a home certification process
  • Reliable attendance is required to meet program needs during business and non-business hours, including working evenings and weekends as needed. Work schedule will vary according to program and community needs.

Qualifications and Job Requirements:

Must be able to provide appropriate services and interact appropriately with people from diverse socio-economic, racial, ethnic, and other cultural groups, considering their needs and impact of the interaction.

  • Job Knowledge: This position must be able to place any child within the program. Requires a Master's Degree with one year post graduate experience, or a Bachelor's Degree in relevant field plus four years of relevant experience in social work, child development, counseling or psychology, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in special needs adoption, mental health, family assessment, and conflict management skills. Level 5
  • Supervising: This position has no supervisory responsibilities. Level 1
  • Decision Making: Some supervision for new or unusual situations or assignments, and limited supervision for regular work. Decision-making, problem solving and/or recommendations within scope of position responsibilities.  Level 4
  • Interpersonal Skills/Interactions: Networking with other adoption agencies and social service agencies. Networking with DHS workers, adoption workers outside of Oregon, foster parents, therapists and teachers regarding specific information about a child's issues and prognosis. Must be able to apply clinical assessment skills to interactions with clients. Interpersonal skills are a significant aspect of job responsibilities, and skills must be highly refined. Significant interactions with others which are complex, demanding, difficult or disagreeable. Level 5
  • Impact: Makes decisions such as recommending or withdrawing the family under consideration, which influences the outcomes of assigned clients. Client satisfaction is a major component of position responsibility. Develops service components which address the needs of diverse socio-economic, racial, ethnic and other cultural groups served. Influences Agency image positively or negatively by results of personal work. Level 4
Additional Skills & Abilities:
  • Requires a high level of clinical skill and knowledge for assessing strength of marriage/partnerships; family dynamics; parenting skills, and resolution of family of origin issues if present
  • Must be comfortable with public speaking and providing education/training to families and community partners
  • Must be able to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Familiarity with the current trends in adoption and special needs issues
  • Must have competence working with the diverse socio-economic, racial, ethnic and other cultural groups which constitute the birth mother population as well as our potential and current adoptive family pool
  • Must be able to use computer software programs such as word processing and database programs with limited training or assistance
Additional Requirements/Preferences, including Licenses and/or Certifications:

Requirements:

  • Must possess a valid driver's license from state of residence (Oregon or Washington), personal automobile liability insurance, and pass a DMV driving record check
  • Must meet the driving requirements under the Agency Safe Driving Policy, and maintain a good driving record that is eligible for coverage by the agency's current insurance provider
  • Must successfully pass the Department of Human Services (DHS) criminal background check and, if applicable, fingerprinting
  • Must be able to pass the pre-employment reference checks
  • Must be able to provide official grade transcripts, including the education level, from all educational institutions mentioned in the education section of the employment application
  • Must be able to provide a copy of his/her own social security card for W-4 documentation
  • Must be able to provide applicable documentation(s) for I-9 in order to establish identity and authorization to work in the US
  • Must be available and able to travel as appropriate to fulfill essential functions

 

Preferences:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and prior experience in providing services to children and families who are receiving services from the Department of Human Service
  • Bi-lingual/bi-cultural in English and Spanish highly desired

Physical Requirements and Work Environment: Level 2

  • Regular standing, walking, sitting, keyboarding, wrist use and hand use.
  • Driving various hours of the day or night. Must be able to drive at night.
  • Interacting with public and visiting private homes in a variety of settings during business and non-business hours. Nights and weekends as needed.
  • Position may require travel for home studies and to various DHS branches for Adoption Committees or meetings. Travel may also be necessary to assist families during the adoption transition process. May occasionally need to work night or weekend hours to complete a home certification process.

 

Note: This job description is representative of the major position requirements and is not intended to be all-inclusive.

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