Employment Opportunities

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30 DAYS TO FAMILY SPECIALIST
The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition is seeking applications for an immediate opening for an additional 30 Days to Family Specialist. To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter via email to Melanie Moredock (melaniemoredock@foster-adopt.org).
 
SUMMARY OF POSITION:
30 Days to Family™ is a short-term intervention to diligently search for a child’s relatives and kin to identify potential placement options and supports. The initial search is for parents, grandparents, and siblings, but the goal is that at least 80 additional relatives will be identified and explored.  Because placements can be fragile, the goal is to identify one primary placement provider and one to two other relatives or kin as potential back-up placement providers.  Maternal and paternal relatives are explored with equal interest.  In all cases, every effort is made to search for relatives and kin who will keep siblings together, maintain children in their school of origin, and preserve the child’s important relationships with friends and supportive adults.
 
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
  • Assist the case manager and court officials with meeting the Fostering Connections to Success Act, applicable local statutes, and child protection policy in regards to relative/kin notification and placement.
  • Assist in collecting information from relatives/kin to expand the child’s support system and familyconnections, while identifying potential relative home providers.
  • Assist in preparing the family for licensure by explaining the licensing process and assisting with home licensing requirements.
  • Identify and document at least 80 family members for each case through diligent search activities, including internet and database searches, child protection and court case file reviews, and childand family engagement interviews.
  • Facilitate communication with the child’s professional team and provide the case manager with timely and accurate documentation, including detailed family genograms, diligent efforts made by the Specialist, family contact information, and identified family supports.
  • Attend all meetings and court hearings, advocating for relative/kin placement.
  • Complete assessments on the child and family functioning upon case referral, conclusion of services, and 30 days following conclusion of services to measure the success and outcomes of the program.
 
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in a Social Service or Related Field
Experience: 5 years or more direct experience in the child welfare field with a basic knowledge of the Missouri foster care system; demonstrated experience working with interdisciplinary teams utilizing innovative strategies to overcome obstacles. Required experience with Children’s Division, Resource Home Licensing, Juvenile Family Court.
 
Preferred Skills/Qualifications:
1. Exceptional written and verbal communication
2. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
3. Superior time management
4. Team facilitation
5. Conflict resolution and negotiation
6. Adaptation and flexibility
7. Ability and comfort working with diverse populations in various environments
8. Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office programs
9. Understanding of/ability to learn genogramming software
10. Ability to work in an open, team-based environment

Equity, Diversion and Inclusion (EDI) Statement

The Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition has a strong and steadfast commitment to ensuring that diversity and inclusion are integrated into the policies, procedures and practices used to carry out our mission. This commitment extends throughout the Coalition workforce, board of directors, clients, volunteers, and other stakeholders.

At the Coalition, diversity is a broad concept that encompasses all the differences that employees bring to work. Diversity, therefore, includes the traditional focus around race and gender, but also includes diversity of thought, ideas, backgrounds, and experiences. Inclusion, one of the Coalition’s core values, is the leveraging and engagement of every employee’s unique strengths and talents so that each individual can contribute to his or her full potential. Diversity coupled with inclusion is a long-term business strategy that will help fuel the innovative outcomes and continual improvement necessary for our future success.

EQUITY – Equity is about ensuring fairness and respect. It means employees feel supported, valued, trusted and able to achieve their personal best, and it means that all stakeholders are treated equally. Equity encompasses legal obligations and requirements for non-discrimination, civil rights, reasonable accommodations and equal employment opportunity.

DIVERSITY – At the Coalition, diversity is a broad concept that encompasses all the differences that employees bring to work. Diversity, therefore, includes the traditional focus around race and gender, but also includes diversity of thought, ideas, backgrounds and experiences.

INCLUSION – Inclusion, one of the Coalition’s core values, is the leveraging and engagement of every employee’s unique strengths and talents so that each individual can contribute to his or her full potential.

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION – Diversity coupled with inclusion is a long-term business strategy that will help fuel the innovative outcomes and continual improvement necessary for future success.

EDI Mission
Foster a diverse and inclusive workplace culture that is free from discrimination and embraces diverse strategies with integrity and fairness for all.

EDI Vision
A diverse and inclusive agency that understands and adapts our services to the unique and ever-changing needs of foster care and adoptive community.