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Senior Foster Care & Adoption Social Worker

CHS has an opening on its team for a Senior Foster Care & Adoption Social Worker. The candidate selected will provide client services to children and families covered by the VDSS Adoptions Through Collaborative Partnership grant, by working to recruit, create and support adoptive families for children and youth in the foster care system. Duties will include educating and counsel waiting children and providing them on-going support after their adoptive placement. This will include providing trauma informed and best practice clinical services that promote family success along the adoptive process. They will also collaborate with the local departments of social services to place children in adoptive homes, and work to increase the adoptive families’ sense of support, knowledge while strengthening family dynamics. Duties will also include recruiting, assessing and developing adoptive families, conducting adoptive parent training classes, conducting home studies, and coordinating as well as supporting child placements.

Candidates must have a master’s degree in social work from a college or university accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, as well as three years of experience providing case work services to children and families as well as an in-depth understanding of trauma-informed care, the adoption process and child development. This is a full-time, exempt position. Compensation will include a competitive salary commensurate with experience, paid time off, optional insurance benefits and a 403b plan to which our agency contributes. Please submit a resume and cover letter to officemanager@chsva.org by July 1, 2022. CHS is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and a Drug Free Workplace.

Office Manager

CHS has an immediate opening for an Office Manager. The Office Manager’s primary responsibility is maintenance of the day-to-day operations of the office in addition to providing support to the Leadership Team, Board, programming teams and others as assigned. Essential duties include responding to agency calls, providing administrative and technological support, overseeing relationships with contractors and vendors and intake and processing of donations, fees and invoices.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Must have a Bachelor’s Degree, two years of office management experience and two years of experience providing staff assistance with technology.
  • Must be skilled in technology including using Microsoft Office and Zoom, have excellent interpersonal skills, attention to detail, time management skills and be able to work successfully independently and as a member of a team.

This is a full-time position (40 hours) offering the option to participate in the agency’s 403(3)b Plan and medical benefits including dental and vision. Other benefits including PTO, life insurance and short and long term disability provided. CHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified candidates are encouraged to send their resume with contact information to Cassie@chsva.org.  This is an exempt, salaried position. Pay commensurate with experience.

Foster Care & Adoption Social Worker

CHILDREN’S HOME SOCIETY OF VIRGINIA
Position Description

FOSTER CARE & ADOPTION SOCIAL WORKER

TITLE: Foster Care & Adoption Social Worker
DEPT/PROGRAM: Foster Care Adoption/Permanency
IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Foster Care & Adoption Program Manager
STATUS: Full time/exempt

PRIMARY FUNCTION

To provide support services to prospective clients, current clients, and local departments of social services staff that will expedite the agency finalizing adoptions within 24 months of the child entering foster care (federal standard).

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Client Supports: Families
• Answer prospective and new client inquiries about all CHS adoption programs, addressing questions about program structure and fees and providing information and materials;
• When appropriate, refer clients or prospects to outside services;
• Provide in-person orientation sessions to individuals interested in learning more about foster care adoption to increase the families’ understanding of core adoption issues;
• Begin preliminary assessment of clients for the purposes of adoption, observing family’s strengths, needs and understanding of core adoption issues.
LDSS (Local Departments of Social Services) Supports:
• Communicate and collaborate with CHS’s LDSS partners to ensure successful adoptions are accomplished in the most expeditious manner (within federal 24-month standard);
• Assist LDSS agencies in completion of documents and tasks related to adoption finalization, including (but not limited to):
o Researching case files and preparing disclosure documents;
o Helping DSS workers and adoptive families with applications and relevant paperwork;
o Completing Reports of Investigation for the court.

Other Adoption Support Services:

• Other secondary duties as assigned (dependent on hours available per week), including:
• Completing home studies and updates;
• Supporting CHS’s relationship building with our LDSS partners;
• Completing monthly supervision visits to see children in placements;
• Preparing service plans and quarterly reports;
• Providing staff support to the post-adoption club or other post-adopt events.

KNOWLEDGE

• Knowledge of the adoption process, impact and that it is a lifelong process
• Knowledge of the foster system in Virginia and how it operates
• Knowledge of the impact of trauma on the child and youth development
• Knowledge of childhood development and the effects of attachment
• Knowledge of agency, State and Federal rules and regulations as they relate to adoption and foster care

SKILLS

• Skills in communicating, troubleshooting, interviewing, counseling, and reducing barriers in order to facilitate effective interactions with customers
• Skilled in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and Power Point
• Skilled at collaborating with clients, staff and professionals in the community

ABILITIES

• Ability to work independently but answer to many people
• Ability to tolerate ambiguity
• Ability to communicate and build relationships with a variety of internal and external customers
• Ability to present the program to others in a clear and meaningful manner
• Ability to anticipate project needs, determine work priorities and meet deadlines with little supervision
• Ability to travel to the LDSS partners offices

QUALIFICATIONS (per CHS and the Virginia Department of Social Services)

• A master’s degree in social work or a field related to social work including, psychology or counseling.
• Two years of experience in providing casework services to children and families.
• An in-depth understanding of trauma-informed care.
• Commitment to the mission, goals and services of Children’s Home Society of Virginia
• Commitment to the mission, goals, values and services of Children’s Home Society of Virginia