Samaritas

  • Recruitment Family Specialist - Adoption Services, Full-Time, Troy

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(6/11/2018 8:43 AM)
    Requisition Number
    2018-3035
    Category
    Social Workers
    Employee Type
    Full-Time
    Hours Per Pay Period
    80
    Shift
    Day
    Work Hours
    8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Weekends and/or Holidays Required
    No
    On Call Required
    No
    Position Location
    US-MI-Troy
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    Samaritas, one of the state’s largest faith-based nonprofits, has been sending ripples of positive change into Michigan communities since 1934. Prior to 2016, Samaritas operated as Lutheran Social Services of Michigan.

     

    Samaritas provides a continuum of care to all in need with approximately 70 different programs in 40 different locations in Michigan. We believe in diversity and inclusion, for the people we serve and the people we employ. Employing nearly 2,000 employees in opportunities ranging from direct service to management in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, we hope that you will consider joining the Samaritas team and help work in making a difference in communities across Michigan.

     

    We walk with people in need, offering hope and compassion while upholding their dignity, advocating for equality and justice, and seeking creative solutions with those who place their trust in us.

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    Job Summary

     

    Conducts assessment of recruited families interested in adoption of state ward children in the Michigan Child Welfare system. Identifies children for approved families based on individual needs, in accordance with all applicable contractual and regulatory requirements and accreditation standards.

     

    Duties and Responsibilities

    1. Maintain current knowledge of, and complete screening, preparation and thorough assessment of families for adoption; and child adoption evaluations for pre-referrals in accordance with all applicable contractual, regulatory requirements, accreditation standards, and policies.
    2. Maintain recruited family files in accordance BCAL, contract and other regulatory standards.
    3. Work collaboratively with MARE/Adoption in order to facilitate placements for unmatched children in Child Welfare System.
    4. Attend court hearings and case conferences, PRIDE trainings, community and recruitment events.
    5. Work collaboratively with referring Foster care staff, other adoption agencies, and the Department of Human Services.
    6. Complete all legal requirements for finalization of adoptive placements for state ward adoptions.
    7. Collect, analyze, evaluate and document appropriate data and client progress, as required for record-keeping and reporting within required time frames.
    8. Coordinate placement arrangements with foster and adoptive parents, including transportation of children as needed.

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    Job Qualifications

     

    Education, Training, and Licensure/Certification

    • Bachelor degree in social work or other related field.

     

    Experience

    • Two years’ experience in adoptions.

     

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    • Ability to apply principles of rational systems to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables.
    • Ability and willingness to work with vulnerable children and families; ability to express compassion and empathy, to be culturally sensitive and relate to multi-problem families.
    • Ability to interpret instructions furnished in written or oral form.
    • Ability to read, write and speak English language effectively; ability to write reports and summaries using prescribed format and confirming to rules of punctuation, grammar, diction and style.
    • Knowledge of state and local human service systems and resources, particularly as they apply to child and family services.
    • Knowledge and ability to utilize various computer software.
    • Communicates extensively orally and in writing with DHS personnel, staff, service providers, clients and families.

     

    Additional Work Requirements

    • Automobile travel required. Valid unrestricted driver’s license with good driving record. Valid proof of automobile insurance.

     

    Physical and Mental Requirements

    • High levels of concentration.
    • Ability to lift and carry materials weighing up to 50 pounds.
    • Near visual acuity.
    • Hand-eye coordination.
    • Hand and finger dexterity.
    • Engages in meetings and counseling sessions with high level of concentration over extended periods of time.

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