Foster Care/Adoption Social Worker

Children's Bureau Palmdale , CA 93551

Posted 2 months ago

Foster Care/Adoption Social Worker

I. TITLE: Foster Care/Adoption Social Worker


  • A Master's Degree from an accredited university in Social Work or Social Welfare, Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, Child Psychology, Child Development, Counseling Psychology, or Social Psychology (if not MSW, ability to receive an exception to adoption regulations)

  • Social work experience with children and families at a Master's level meeting the qualifications in the Interim Licensing Standards

  • Demonstrated working knowledge of Child Development, Family Systems, Diagnosis and Treatment, Adoption Issues

  • Demonstrated organization and time management skills

  • Excellent writing skills

  • Ability to function in a team-oriented working environment

  • Ability and experience to work in a multi-cultural environment

  • Bilingual Spanish/English preferred

III. REPORTS TO: Director of Foster Care and Adoption or Foster Care/Adoption Supervisor, depending upon regional need


The Foster Care/Adoption Social Worker has direct responsibility for an assigned caseload of children placed in CB resource families, usually with a plan of reunification with the birth family. Some children/NMD who are unable to reunify with birth family may be adopted by their foster family or prepared to transition to an adoptive family outside of CB. This responsibility includes, but may not be limited to: ongoing assessment/certification/approval of resource families, monitoring of the resource family, support for the birth family in their efforts to reunify including monitoring of family time and timely documentation related to each child/NMD and family. The position requires flexible work hours including availability for evening appointments at least 2 days a week.


1.Home Identification/Approval/Training

  • Recruits, orients and assess potential resource parents

  • Evaluate and assess applications of potential resource parents

  • Facilitation of pre-approval, on-going training and resource parent support groups may be required

  • Evaluate and assess a child/NMD for placement and continued placement, as well as place children/NMDs in resource families

2.Supervision of Resource Families

  • Supervises resource parents including training, coaching, developing and assessing

  • Is accessible/on-call 24 hours per day for resource parent emergencies

  • Facilitates adoption placement signings, post placement supervision visits and related reports, addendums to SAFE assessments as required


  • Approves resource family homes in a timely manner

  • Develops/submits initial 30 Day Needs and Services Plans (NSP) and updated NSP quarterly reports for assigned children residing in families

  • Develops/submits special incident reports according to current guidelines

  • Develops/submits all documentation as required in a timely manner

  • Completes Case Maintenance forms for all assigned children receiving services and documents all child movement


  • Establishes/maintains effective relationships with the community, related agencies, agency staff and volunteers

  • Develops and maintains effective working relationships with all external personnel/agencies that impact residing children, including public and private groups (e.g. public school staff, pediatricians, camp personnel, YMCA, etc.)

  • Networks to develop/maintain high quality community profile

  • Develops/maintains effective working relationships with all individuals and agencies impacting CB program


  • Maintains confidentiality in matters of agency operations, personnel, and clients

  • Maintains positive communications and relationships with all agency staff, clients and visitors

  • Exercises good judgment in performance of duties and responsibilities

  • Supports existing agency policies, principles and mission

  • Keeps supervisor informed

  • Participates in staff development, individual and group supervision consultations, and trainings

  • Assists with daily office responsibilities as appropriate and other duties as assigned

Apply now!

If you are interested in this position and feel that your work experience and education align with the job requirements, please apply online! You must apply online to be considered, however you are also encouraged to email your resume directly to the HR Recruiter, Ani Melkumyan, at after you apply online. Thank you!

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