Employment Opportunities

Family Works Specialist

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The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition, an agency that strives to create permanency in every foster child’s life by recruiting and supporting foster and adoptive families, is searching for a Family Works Specialist to join the team. The Family Works Program is an in-home parenting support intervention intended to stabilize and enhance foster, pre and post-adoptive or guardianship homes that are at risk of disruption.

Specialists are master level individuals who work with advanced training, understanding and practice in the neurobiological impact of trauma on child development and attachment-based interventions to address the complexities that have created barriers to healthy family and individual functioning. Enrolled families have access to 24/7 support and coaching, as needed.

The 18-20 week program follows the principals of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) and uses the strategies and techniques to help the families stabilize and further support the children and youth to develop greater relational skills, increase their sense of personal safety and security, begin to resolve developmental trauma and facilitate new relationships.

The Coalition hires individuals:

  • Passionate about serving foster/adopted youth and families
  • Confident enough to work independently, while knowing when to reach out for help
  • With the highest level of integrity and flexibility when working both in the office and in the field

Essential Functions:

  • Utilize knowledge of complex-developmental trauma and attachment-based strategies to educate parents and caregivers about the unique issues surrounding adoption and guardianship, child development, loss, grief, attachment, and trauma
  • Identify, collaborate with, and refer to collateral service providers
  • Respond to families in crisis situations in an urgent and timely manner
  • Provide face-to-face child and family interventions
  • Partner with families to identify and establish attainable goals and support families to achieve their goals
  • See job description for complete list

Candidates must:

  • Hold a Master’s Degree in Counseling or Social Work–LMSW, LCSW, PLPC, or LPC preferred
  • Have 2 years of experience providing direct service to clients
  • Maintain a flexible work schedule to meet the needs of youth and families—early morning, late afternoon, evening and weekend meetings are planned as needed
  • Demonstrate the ability to build rapport and relationship with children and families during face-to-face meetings and phone contact
  • Critically assess family and relational functioning in a strengths-based manner
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Exhibit an excellent knowledge of community services that support foster/adopt families
  • Demonstrated experience working with child welfare teams utilizing innovative strategies to overcome obstacles

This is a full time position. Send your resume and cover letter to Denise Kelley at denisekelley@foster-adopt.org. Applications without a well-written, thoughtful cover letter stating your passion and qualification for serving our population will not be considered. The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Family Development Specialist

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The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition, an agency that strives to create permanency in every foster child’s life by recruiting and supporting foster and adoptive families, is searching for a person passionate in advocating for and supporting foster parents. The Family Development Specialist works with individuals interested in becoming a Missouri licensed foster parent in the St. Louis region. The specialist will guide individuals through the licensing process by assisting with required paperwork, completing home visits, and ultimately completing a SAFE home study for each assigned family. The Specialist will also co-train the STARS curriculum for in-process parents throughout the year.

The Family Development Specialist will be responsible for supporting up to 40 families in various stages of licensure with the goal of keeping families engaged and supported throughout their fostering experience. Once licensed, families maintain contact with the Specialist for their first two years of fostering to ensure they receive the education and support needed to succeed. The goal of this ongoing support is to increase placement stability while the child(ren) they care for move toward permanency.

The Coalition hires individuals:

  • Passionate about serving foster/adopted youth and families
  • Confident enough to work independently, while knowing when to reach out for help
  • With the highest level of integrity and flexibility when working both in the office and in the field

Essential Functions:

  • Collaborate with internal and external partners face-to-face in the office and in the community
  • Knowledge of and ability to educate families about the unique issues surrounding foster care, adoption and guardianship, child development, loss, grief, attachment, and trauma
  • Follow up with families via phone and/or email to find out if they have additional questions or if they are in need of any additional support through the licensing process
  • Complete thorough and professional documentation
  • Conduct pre-service and in-service training
  • Complete home assessments utilizing the SAFE model

Candidates must:

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree in social services or related field
  • Have completed STARS and SAFE training (if not SAFE trained must be willing to complete required training)
  • Maintain a flexible work schedule to meet the needs of youth and families—early morning, late afternoon, evening and weekend meetings are required
  • Demonstrate a strong knowledge of licensing law and policy and how to use it to advocate for individual families
  • Demonstrated experience working in or with foster care licensing or case management
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Exhibit an excellent knowledge of community services that support foster/adopt families
  • Demonstrated experience working with child welfare teams utilizing innovative strategies to overcome obstacles is essential

This is a full time position. Send your resume and cover letter to Denise Kelley at denisekelley@foster-adopt.org. Applications without a well-written, thoughtful cover letter stating your passion and qualification for serving our population will not be considered. The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Family Support Specialist (Madison County, IL)

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The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition strives to create permanency in foster children’s lives by recruiting and supporting foster and adoptive families in the metropolitan St. Louis Region. Our vision is for a community that embraces its most vulnerable members, ensuring that each child in foster care has an opportunity for a healthy, successful life by providing: safe, nurturing homes, and; a support system for foster and adoptive families as they fulfill the physical, mental, and emotional needs of the children in their care. The Family Support Specialist is focused on supporting families impacted by foster care who are living in Madison County Illinois or families outside of Madison County caring for youth under the court jurisdiction of Madison County Family Court. Ideally, the Specialist will engage with the biological family, child welfare team, and foster placement at the initial Shelter Care Hearing. The purpose for this initial and on-going contact with all parties is to engage and support the development and implementation of the visitation and case plan. This may include:

  • Assisting in the identification of additional familial/natural supports to aid in maintaining connection between parents and extended family while the child is in foster care
  • Provide linkage, referral, and system navigation support as needed to meet the needs of the youth, foster parent, and/or biological parent
  • Increase partnership between case management team and family

Services provided by the Family Support Specialist (the Specialist) include a mixture of direct and navigation services proven to prevent placement disruptions. The Specialist will benefit from a rich, culturally competent knowledge of community resources in Madison County that work specifically in each of these five areas of activity:

  1. Education
  2. Mental Health
  3. Parent Coaching/Behavioral Health
  4. Kinship Navigation
  5. Resource, Referral, and Case-based Advocacy

Candidates must:

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or related field; Master’s degree is preferred
  • Demonstrate experience collaborating with multi-disciplinary teams utilizing innovative strategies to overcome obstacles
  • Have direct practice in foster care and adoption in the Madison County Illinois area

Send your resume and cover letter to Denise Kelley at denisekelley@foster-adopt.org. Applicants without a well-written, thoughtful cover letter stating your passion and qualification for serving our population will not be considered. The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


What it is Like to Work Here

  • We have nationally-recognized programs with superior outcomes
  • Our program, development, and management staff are highly integrated
  • Design, communications, outcomes, and IT staff are readily available for support
  • However, there is no direct administrative staff at the agency
  • The board and executive director are highly engaged in fundraising
  • The development team shares responsibility for grants, reporting, special events, and other duties

Equity, Diversity 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.


Practicum Students

The Coalition partners with area schools (UMSL, Washington University, SLU) to provide practicum opportunities for foundation level MSW students.

Practicum applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and students will be contacted if there is availability at the Coalition.

Resumes and Cover letters can be sent to
Amanda Denning, MSW
amandadenning@foster-adopt.org