Foster Care/Adoptions Specialist

Chris Kids Atlanta , GA 30301

Posted 3 weeks ago

Program OverviewFor over 30 years, CHRIS 180 is dedicated to helping abused and neglected children with emotional and behavioral problems that are in foster care. We found that far too many of these children were further traumatized by an adoption that failed and resulted in their return to state custody. We wanted to do something. CHRIS 180 saw the opportunity to build on its strengths, commitment to inclusiveness dedication to eliminate adoption barriers, and to leverage its mission for the development of a trauma informed model of adoptions that would increase the permanency of adoptions. In short, we saw potential to be unlocked so that children could truly be adopted in to safe, loving, permanent families.CHRIS Adoptions/Foster Care Services is a program that recruits, prepares and supports families who will adopt children in Georgias foster care system and other states foster care systems. Potential adoptive parents receive the training and evaluation specifically necessary to determine the familys ability to parent a child out of foster care. Assessing each potential adoptive family and adoptive match through a trauma lens allows Adoptions and Foster Care Services to determine the need for additional services or trainings necessary prior to and once a child is placed in the home for adoption to further prevent potential disruptions.The Gateway to Adoption Home is a single-family home maintained by the agency as a home where up to four though stepping down from a group home placement, hospital stay, or residential care facility can reside and receive adoption support services prior to being placed into a matched adoptive home. This home is also a place where siblings who have been in separated while in foster care can be joined together to address sibling issues prior to being placed into matched adoptive home. The focus of the program is to find an adoptive home for hard-to-place children, and for the home to serve as a familiar surrounding for youth who may disrupt and adoptive placement if placed too quickly, or as a place of respite while in an adoptive placement to decrease the possibility of disruption.Position DescriptionThe CHRIS 180 Foster Care/Adoption Specialist will be responsible for the delivery of family friendly case management services for families and youth who have been approved to adopt or for foster care placement and/or adoption support. The Adoption Specialist will manage the approved home study families in the matching process by working with Regional Adoption Specialist and DFCS case workers on matching available children with approved families. Specialists will work together with state child placing agencies to develop a family-centered plan to address any areas of strengths and needs.Once a child is placed into the home of an adoptive resource, the Specialist will maintain weekly to bi-weekly contact with placed families to ensure that a proper match has been made and all standards are being followed and report out the status of the placement on a monthly basis. Continued assessment of needs and services are made in order to identify potential disruptions and work with the families to prevent a disruption from occurring. The Specialist will work with families to train them in areas of need to solidify that the family will stay intact once all placement supervision and finalization supervision services have ended.The Specialist will work intensely with children placed in the Gateway to Adoption home to establish rapport and assess for needs to appropriately match the children with potential adoptive families. The Specialist will work in conjunction with the Foster Parents and the Adoption Therapist to develop a plan of need for any issues that may lead to a disruption and will be responsible for the plan and the strategies identified.The Specialist must be emotionally stable, able to handle high stress, relate well to a wide variety of individuals, and be able to work as part of a team. The Specialist must be able to follow, enforce and implement program description as outlined in the state contracts.The Specialist must be able to provide one-to-one interaction with a designated child/adolescent and their family; act as liaisons and advocates for client with other agencies as needed, complete required paperwork, and perform other related duties as required. The CHRIS Foster Care/Adoption Specialist must be flexible in working hours, be able to respond to crisis situations in an effective manner and meet regularly with the Director of Adoptions and Foster Care.This position provides support to consumers/residents/partnering agencies/foster-adoptive families and the primary duties include but are not limited to the following: * Maintains a caseload of up to 30 families in the matching process * Report back to families on the status of their matches on a bi-weekly basis * Maintains a caseload of up to 15 families in the post placement and finalization supervision * Pre-placement visits will be once a week for the first month * Additional months leading up to finalization will be seen up to twice per month * Post-finalization supports will be once per month for an additional 6 months post adoption * Ensure that families in post placement supervision or seen on average of twice per month * Communicates weekly with the program director regarding the caseload status. * Becomes familiar with and follow all policy and procedures of the CHRIS 180* Ensures foster care and/or adoptive parents understanding of policy and procedures in relationship to foster care and/or adoption of a child (ren) and progress towards permanency and adoption. * Schedules, conducts and document required home visits once a child(ren) is placed in a foster home, adoptive home and/or Gateway to Adoption Home. * Actively pursue potential adoptive parents for children placed into the Gateway to Adoption Home. * Prepares recommendations for child placing agencies concerning the matching of child(ren) for foster care/adoptive placement and waiting families * Acts as a liaison between CHRIS Adoption and Foster Care services and various state child placing agencies/offices concerning the introduction and selection of waiting families. * Participates in the IMPACT panel discussion by being a part of the panel and assisting with obtaining adoption professionals to attend on the panel as well. * Assists with co-facilitating pre-adoption and post-adoption family training series as needed. * Provides ongoing support services to foster and adoptive families. * Ensures that all follow up services are coordinated and provided according to any grant opportunities * Coordinates additional services with contracted agencies to provide additional supports as needed by the family * Ensures that services that have been provided are responsive to the families needs and address providers who are not meeting those needs and adjust service provision. * Counsels foster parents and adoptive parent(s) regarding child(ren)'s development, behavior and special needs and assist foster parents and adoptive families in obtaining resources to meet the needs of child(ren) placed in the home. * Assists with recruitment of prospective foster parents and adoptive parents. * Plans events on a quarterly basis to provide adoption recruitment and/or support * Records and timely submits all required forms and written reports in accordance with Agency policy and the requirements of various contracts, DFCS, DHR, or Superior Court. * Assess the families strengths and needs to develop a placement plan for the child transition to foster home and/or adoption to post adoption follow up * Coordinates services with the DFCS Case Manager, foster parents or Preparation for adoption home staff, the prospective adoptive parents, and community resources and the child. * Provide positive role-modeling to consumers/clients/members/residents/partnering agencies * Promote self-esteem * Promote healthy boundaries * Promote good hygiene and appropriate personal appearance among youth and young adults * Reinforce socially acceptable behaviors (ex: manners, eating habits, safety)* Teach and reinforce thoughtful decision making * Model effective and consistent communication * Assessing residents/consumers/members/clients history of trauma, strengths and needs;* Administer Parenting Stress Index (PSI)* Aware of ACE score and implications on service planning * Develop and monitor Individualized Service Plan/IRRPs * Coordinating Services and Collaboration * Assist family and/or Gateway foster parents to make necessary referrals to meet youth's health, well-being, education, mental health, and employment needs (i.e. Department of Public Health, Department of Family & Children Services, Georgia Department of Labor, employment staffing agencies, local colleges and tech schools, etc.)* Facilitate and/or participate in Team Meetings for all consumers/members/residents/young adults.*
  • Collaborate and communicate with other programs in the CHRIS 180 continuum in the provision of services to consumers * Collaborate and consult with other providers and entities in the provision of best care services to youth and families * Monitor the provision of services provided * Additional Requirements * Maintain detailed files, documentation, and billing requirements in a timely manner in accordance with CHRIS 180 policy and compliance standards * Attend and participate in all meetings and supervision as required and in accordance with CHRIS 180 policy and procedures. * Adhere to CHRIS 180 Code of Conduct, Code of Ethics, and GA Code * Maintain consumers confidentiality * Support and maintain an environment of emotional and physical safety for consumers, staff and other stakeholders at all times * Demonstrate exceptional customer service * Maintain certifications/trainings and provide information to HR and Training in a timely mannerQUALIFICATIONS/COMPETENCIESThe Foster Care/Adoption Specialist will have a minimum of a Bachelors degree (Master's degree in Social Work preferred) in one of the social sciences or 3 years related field experience in child welfare or at least 4 years experience in foster care and adoption required.Foster Care/Adoption Specialist must have the ability to establish and maintain professional relationship with individuals in the community, professional agencies and state level professionals, as well as, the ability to interact with various client populations. The Foster Care/Adoption Specialist must also have the ability to express ideas effectively both verbally and in writing. Also, must have a dependable vehicle since the position requires travel and insurance coverage beyond minimum liability. The position requires that the individual have excellent organizational skills to deal with scheduling, documentation time, and coordinating services, etc.Preferred qualification is that they are certified and experienced in delivering IMPACT training for foster care and adoption, as well as, have a firm understanding of Trauma Informed Care.Reports to: Program Manager
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    VIEW JOBS 8/26/2020 12:00:00 AM 2020-11-24T00:00 Program Overview For over 30 years, CHRIS 180 is dedicated to helping abused and neglected children with emotional and behavioral problems that are in foster care. We found that far too many of these children were further traumatized by an adoption that failed and resulted in their return to state custody. We wanted to do something. CHRIS 180 saw the opportunity to build on its strengths, commitment to inclusiveness dedication to eliminate adoption barriers, and to leverage its mission for the development of a trauma informed model of adoptions that would increase the permanency of adoptions. In short, we saw potential to be unlocked so that children could truly be adopted in to safe, loving, permanent families. CHRIS Adoptions/Foster Care Services is a program that recruits, prepares and supports families who will adopt children in Georgias foster care system and other states foster care systems. Potential adoptive parents receive the training and evaluation specifically necessary to determine the familys ability to parent a child out of foster care. Assessing each potential adoptive family and adoptive match through a trauma lens allows Adoptions and Foster Care Services to determine the need for additional services or trainings necessary prior to and once a child is placed in the home for adoption to further prevent potential disruptions. The Gateway to Adoption Home is a single-family home maintained by the agency as a home where up to four though stepping down from a group home placement, hospital stay, or residential care facility can reside and receive adoption support services prior to being placed into a matched adoptive home. This home is also a place where siblings who have been in separated while in foster care can be joined together to address sibling issues prior to being placed into matched adoptive home. The focus of the program is to find an adoptive home for hard-to-place children, and for the home to serve as a familiar surrounding for youth who may disrupt and adoptive placement if placed too quickly, or as a place of respite while in an adoptive placement to decrease the possibility of disruption. Position Description The CHRIS 180 Foster Care/Adoption Specialist will be responsible for the delivery of family friendly case management services for families and youth who have been approved to adopt or for foster care placement and/or adoption support. The Adoption Specialist will manage the approved home study families in the matching process by working with Regional Adoption Specialist and DFCS case workers on matching available children with approved families. Specialists will work together with state child placing agencies to develop a family-centered plan to address any areas of strengths and needs. Once a child is placed into the home of an adoptive resource, the Specialist will maintain weekly to bi-weekly contact with placed families to ensure that a proper match has been made and all standards are being followed and report out the status of the placement on a monthly basis. Continued assessment of needs and services are made in order to identify potential disruptions and work with the families to prevent a disruption from occurring. The Specialist will work with families to train them in areas of need to solidify that the family will stay intact once all placement supervision and finalization supervision services have ended. The Specialist will work intensely with children placed in the Gateway to Adoption home to establish rapport and assess for needs to appropriately match the children with potential adoptive families. The Specialist will work in conjunction with the Foster Parents and the Adoption Therapist to develop a plan of need for any issues that may lead to a disruption and will be responsible for the plan and the strategies identified. The Specialist must be emotionally stable, able to handle high stress, relate well to a wide variety of individuals, and be able to work as part of a team. The Specialist must be able to follow, enforce and implement program description as outlined in the state contracts. The Specialist must be able to provide one-to-one interaction with a designated child/adolescent and their family; act as liaisons and advocates for client with other agencies as needed, complete required paperwork, and perform other related duties as required. The CHRIS Foster Care/Adoption Specialist must be flexible in working hours, be able to respond to crisis situations in an effective manner and meet regularly with the Director of Adoptions and Foster Care. This position provides support to consumers/residents/partnering agencies/foster-adoptive families and the primary duties include but are not limited to the following: * Maintains a caseload of up to 30 families in the matching process * Report back to families on the status of their matches on a bi-weekly basis * Maintains a caseload of up to 15 families in the post placement and finalization supervision * Pre-placement visits will be once a week for the first month * Additional months leading up to finalization will be seen up to twice per month * Post-finalization supports will be once per month for an additional 6 months post adoption * Ensure that families in post placement supervision or seen on average of twice per month * Communicates weekly with the program director regarding the caseload status. * Becomes familiar with and follow all policy and procedures of the CHRIS 180 * Ensures foster care and/or adoptive parents understanding of policy and procedures in relationship to foster care and/or adoption of a child (ren) and progress towards permanency and adoption. * Schedules, conducts and document required home visits once a child(ren) is placed in a foster home, adoptive home and/or Gateway to Adoption Home. * Actively pursue potential adoptive parents for children placed into the Gateway to Adoption Home. * Prepares recommendations for child placing agencies concerning the matching of child(ren) for foster care/adoptive placement and waiting families * Acts as a liaison between CHRIS Adoption and Foster Care services and various state child placing agencies/offices concerning the introduction and selection of waiting families. * Participates in the IMPACT panel discussion by being a part of the panel and assisting with obtaining adoption professionals to attend on the panel as well. * Assists with co-facilitating pre-adoption and post-adoption family training series as needed. * Provides ongoing support services to foster and adoptive families. * Ensures that all follow up services are coordinated and provided according to any grant opportunities * Coordinates additional services with contracted agencies to provide additional supports as needed by the family * Ensures that services that have been provided are responsive to the families needs and address providers who are not meeting those needs and adjust service provision. * Counsels foster parents and adoptive parent(s) regarding child(ren)'s development, behavior and special needs and assist foster parents and adoptive families in obtaining resources to meet the needs of child(ren) placed in the home. * Assists with recruitment of prospective foster parents and adoptive parents. * Plans events on a quarterly basis to provide adoption recruitment and/or support * Records and timely submits all required forms and written reports in accordance with Agency policy and the requirements of various contracts, DFCS, DHR, or Superior Court. * Assess the families strengths and needs to develop a placement plan for the child transition to foster home and/or adoption to post adoption follow up * Coordinates services with the DFCS Case Manager, foster parents or Preparation for adoption home staff, the prospective adoptive parents, and community resources and the child. * Provide positive role-modeling to consumers/clients/members/residents/partnering agencies * Promote self-esteem * Promote healthy boundaries * Promote good hygiene and appropriate personal appearance among youth and young adults * Reinforce socially acceptable behaviors (ex: manners, eating habits, safety) * Teach and reinforce thoughtful decision making * Model effective and consistent communication * Assessing residents/consumers/members/clients history of trauma, strengths and needs; * Administer Parenting Stress Index (PSI) * Aware of ACE score and implications on service planning * Develop and monitor Individualized Service Plan/IRRPs * Coordinating Services and Collaboration * Assist family and/or Gateway foster parents to make necessary referrals to meet youth's health, well-being, education, mental health, and employment needs (i.e. Department of Public Health, Department of Family &amp; Children Services, Georgia Department of Labor, employment staffing agencies, local colleges and tech schools, etc.) * Facilitate and/or participate in Team Meetings for all consumers/members/residents/young adults. * <li>Collaborate and communicate with other programs in the CHRIS 180 continuum in the provision of services to consumers * Collaborate and consult with other providers and entities in the provision of best care services to youth and families * Monitor the provision of services provided * Additional Requirements * Maintain detailed files, documentation, and billing requirements in a timely manner in accordance with CHRIS 180 policy and compliance standards * Attend and participate in all meetings and supervision as required and in accordance with CHRIS 180 policy and procedures. * Adhere to CHRIS 180 Code of Conduct, Code of Ethics, and GA Code * Maintain consumers confidentiality * Support and maintain an environment of emotional and physical safety for consumers, staff and other stakeholders at all times * Demonstrate exceptional customer service * Maintain certifications/trainings and provide information to HR and Training in a timely manner QUALIFICATIONS/COMPETENCIES The Foster Care/Adoption Specialist will have a minimum of a Bachelors degree (Master's degree in Social Work preferred) in one of the social sciences or 3 years related field experience in child welfare or at least 4 years experience in foster care and adoption required. Foster Care/Adoption Specialist must have the ability to establish and maintain professional relationship with individuals in the community, professional agencies and state level professionals, as well as, the ability to interact with various client populations. The Foster Care/Adoption Specialist must also have the ability to express ideas effectively both verbally and in writing. Also, must have a dependable vehicle since the position requires travel and insurance coverage beyond minimum liability. The position requires that the individual have excellent organizational skills to deal with scheduling, documentation time, and coordinating services, etc. Preferred qualification is that they are certified and experienced in delivering IMPACT training for foster care and adoption, as well as, have a firm understanding of Trauma Informed Care. Reports to: Program Manager Chris 180 Atlanta GA

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