Careers with Choice Adoptions

CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES:

 

Adoption Worker

 

As-needed position in Oregon and Washington. 
 

Description

The Adoption Worker is responsible for conducting home studies and post-placement follow-up for infant, independent, and/or foster child adoptions. The Adoption Worker will represent Oregon DHS adoption selection committees, as needed. The Adoption Worker will ensure the delivery of quality services consistent with state licensing and Choice Adoption's standards of practice. 
 

Duties In this position, training and education of pre-adoptive families is a priority. The Adoption Worker will inform pre- and post-adoptive families of local resources to help prepare them for, and experience success in, adoptive parenting. The Adoption Worker is also responsible to ensure proper documentation of services along with timely preparation and submission of documents and reports. Travel to family homes and committee locations within Oregon and Washington is required. 
 

The Adoption Worker will communicate closely with the Choice staff, sharing in a timely manner all information relevant to the adoption process that is obtained while providing home study and post placement services. 
 

Qualifications 
Master's or bachelor's degree in social work from an accredited program of social work 
education, or a combination of a bachelor's degree in another human service field and experience in family and children's services or adoption. At least 2 years of experience writing adoption home studies. Excellent organizational and communication skills. Agreement with the mission statement and non-discrimination policy of Choice Adoptions. 


Compensation and Other Requirements:  
Cover letter and resume required for consideration. Must be able to travel and work remotely. Choice Adoptions is an equal employment provider. Salary range: $20 - 22/ hr, depending on experience. Eligible for up to two weeks' PTO annually when hours exceed 17.5 weekly. Medical insurance is reimbursable for full-time employees only, up to $400 per month. 

 

A voluntary retirement plan is offered for full-time employees after 24 months of continuous employment with a 3% employer matching benefit. 
 

Oregon is an "employment-at-will” state. This means that either the employer or employee may terminate the employment relationship at any time and for any reason unless a law or contract provides to the contrary. 
Please address your degree of alignment with the following distinctions of Choice Adoptions. 

 

Mission Statement: Our mission is to serve all people involved in the adoption process and to protect vulnerable children. 
 

Values Statement: We believe in diversity and inclusion where all people feel safe and respected. 


Statement of Faith: Our team at Choice Adoptions aligns around our faith in God and His good intentions toward the people He has created. Our belief enables us to engage our culture, city, and world with great confidence because we are secure in the knowledge of God's love. Our dream is that as we live this way, our communities, and our city, will be transformed. 

 

Adoption Specialist

Reports To: Executive Director

Internal Interactions: Program Directors, DHS Caseworkers, Adoptive Families, Expectant Parents, Foster Children, Newborns

Description

This position is a hybrid of office administrative duties and direct client repsonsibilities. The Adoption Specialist is responsible for providing quality services to Choice Adoptions’ Program Directors and all Choice Adoptions clients. This position reports to the Executive Director and will keep the Executive Director apprised of issues pertaining to the agency through positive, open communication.

Job Tasks:

Program Administration:

  • Assist Program Directors with adoption client recordkeeping.

  • Assist with office duties, including answering the telephone and processing mail.

  • Other office duties as assigned.

Adoption Worker:

  •  Conduct home studies and post-placement follow-up for infant, independent, and/or foster child adoptions.

  • Represent families at Oregon DHS and Washington DSHS adoption selection committees, as needed.

  • Ensure the delivery of quality services consistent with state licensing and Choice Adoptions’ standards of practice.  

  • Travel to family homes and committee locations within Oregon or Washington.  

  • Inform pre- and post-adoptive families of local resources to help prepare them for, and experience success in, adoptive parenting.

  • Ensure proper documentation of services along with timely preparation and submission of documents and reports. 

  • Communicate closely with the Choice Adoptions staff, sharing in a timely manner all information relevant to the adoption process that is obtained while providing home study and post placement services. 

  • Support clients in the adoption planning, waiting and family selection process.

  • Represent and advocate for adoptive families chosen by child welfare or by expectant parents at match meetings and placements.

  • Assist in adoption planning and the legal release of children, including execution of legal documents.

  • Assist hospital staff and adooptive families in carrying out the hospital plan at the time of birth. 

  • Out-of-town travel and 24-hour availability is often required during the birth and placement of a child. 

 

Birth Parent Advocate:

  • Provide caring, non-judgmental support to clients who are facing an unexpected pregnancy.

  • Serve as Choice Adoptions’ representative to medical professionals and other organizations working with pregnant clients. 

  • Respond promptly to all telephone, text or email intakes and provide assessment of client's needs and/or requests. 

  • Provide clients with program information and, with guidance from the program director, assist clients in obtaining services for needs, such as housing, financial assistance, and medical insurance. 

  • Assist clients in identifying and exploring options for the expected child in a non-judgmental manner, providing a positive atmosphere for making her/his best plan for the expected child. 

  • Refer clients to appropriate services if the client chooses to parent. 

  • If a client seeks further information about abortion, encourage the client to seek other resources for abortion information or services. 

  • Support clients in the adoption planning and family selection process.

  • Attend initial match meetings between birth parents and prospective adoptive families.

  • Assist in adoption planning and the legal release of children, including execution of legal documents.

  • Assist hospital staff and birth families in carrying out the hospital plan at the time of birth. 

  • Out-of-town travel and 24-hour availability is often required during the birth and placement of a child. 

  • Provide follow-up advocacy and support to birth parents as needed and submit case notes and related documents in a timely manner.

  • Attend training to develop relevant knowledge and skills and contribute to team effort by accepting additional responsibilities as needed. 

 

Minimum Qualification:

Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field. MSW preferred.

 

Experience:

 3+ years of adoption-related experience

 

Skills:

  • Basic computer skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Customer service skills

  • Organizational skills

  • Ability to work under pressure

  • Flexibility

  • Ability to meet deadlines and goals

  • Ability to manage details

  • Self-motivation

 

Compensation:

  • The duties outlined in this job description are not all-inclusive and additional duties and tasks will be assigned as required.

  • Fair Labor Standards Classification: Monthly, Exempt

  • Choice is an equal employment provider.

  • Pay range is $45,000 - $50,000 per year, depending on experience.

  • Full time position.

  • Eligible for two weeks’ paid vacation annually and sick time.

  • Medical insurance is reimbursed for employees only, up to $400 per month.

  •  A voluntary retirement plan is offered after 24 months of continuous employment with a 3% employer matching benefit.

  • Oregon is an “employment-at-will” state. This means that either the employer or employee may end the employment relationship at any time and for any reason, unless a law or contract provides to the contrary.

 

Please send resumes and inquiries, along with a cover letter via email to mail@choiceadoptions.org. No phone calls, please. We thank all of those who apply and advise that we will respond only to those selected for an interview.

In your cover letter, please address your degree of alignment with the following distinctions of Choice Adoptions.

Mission Statement: Our mission is to serve all people involved in the adoption process and to protect vulnerable children. 
 

Values Statement: We believe in diversity and inclusion where all people feel safe and respected. 


Statement of Faith: Our team at Choice Adoptions aligns around our faith in God and His good intentions toward the people He has created. Our belief enables us to engage our culture, city, and world with great confidence because we are secure in the knowledge of God's love. Our dream is that as we live this way, our communities, and our city, will be transformed.