Posted by: Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children
New York, NY, US
Reports to: Associate Director, Domestic Adoption
Department: Domestic Adoption
I. Primary Purpose
This position will work close with the Associate Director to implement department goals. Responsibilities include working with birth parents in the options counseling, permanency planning and adoption process, individual counseling, writing psychosocial histories, visiting clients in hospital and community, discharging babies from hospital, facilitating selection of and meeting with adoptive parents, assisting in placement and/or return of infants, referral to community support services.
This individual will conduct outreach, education, and training at hospitals and agencies that serve expectant parents.
II. Key Performance Indicators
Counseling and Case Management:
- Provide “options counseling” to pregnant and postpartum women considering adoption for their newborns and young children.
- Visit clients in the hospital and at home, as needed.
- Represent the agency at hospitals; discharge babies from hospitals to the agency’s interim care program.
- Determine client’s need for services and make referrals to resources outside of the agency.
- Gather bio-psycho-social background information, formulate assessments and write histories.
- Educate clients on best practices in adoption. Guide clients in planning, including making a hospital plan, matching with adoptive families, reviewing legal documents and securing an optimal post surrender contact plan.
- Provide therapeutic counseling to individuals and families.
- Participate in placement and return of infants.
- Provide short term supportive and bereavement counseling to clients who have placed a child.
- Participate in answering birth parent inquiry calls to agency’s 24-hour, toll free birth parent telephone line.
- Actively participate in weekly supervision with direct supervisor.
- Perform any other department or agency-related duties or special projects as directed by supervisor.
Outreach and Trainings:
- Provide birth parent outreach, education and training to professionals at local hospitals, clinics and social services.
Education & Experience:
- MSW from an accredited school of social work.
- NYS license to practice social work.
- Must have valid driver’s license and clean driving record.
- Experience in adoption and/or pregnancy counseling preferred; must have at least one year counseling.
- MS Office –Proficiency in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
- Experience with Salesforce or other database platforms.
- Must be open and flexible to demands of on-call schedule and field work.
- Demonstrated clinical and supervisory experience.
- Strong oral and written communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.
- Strong organizational skills with ability to meet tight deadlines.
- Ability to multitask; strong execution skills: thorough follow through and attention to detail.
- Strong problem solving skills.
- Experience working with domestic violence, mental illness, homelessness, foster care, and substance abuse a plus.
- Spanish or Mandarin speaking a plus.