Employment Opportunities

Educational Advocate

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 whose passion is advocating for children’s educational needs. Our Educational Advocates provide educational support and advocacy to foster and adoptive children and families, while aligning child-welfare professionals and school staff to the unique needs of each child.

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 when working both in the office and in the field

Candidates must:

  • Hold a Master’s degree in Special Education or related field
  • Maintain a flexible work schedule to meet the needs of youth and families—early morning and late afternoon school meetings are customary
  • Demonstrate a strong knowledge of educational law and policy and how to use it to advocate for individual students
  • Have at least 5 years experience navigating the education system—Special Education involvement is ideal
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing to support movement toward educational goal achievement
  • Exhibit an excellent knowledge of community services that support foster/adopt families

Send your resume and cover letter to Claire Sabourin at clairesabourin@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.

The starting salary for new team members at The Coalition is $42,500 with competitive benefits and work-life balance.

Family Works Specialist

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, has an immediate opening on the Family Works team. Family Works delivers evidence-based services, in-home, with the intensity, energy, and passion necessary to help eliminate challenges that can ultimately lead to a child being placed out of the home. The program is based on the HOMEBUILERS® model and implemented within a trauma and attachment framework.

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 when working both in the office and in the field

Candidates must:

  • Hold a Master’s degree in social work or a related field
  • Maintain a flexible work schedule to meet with families at a time that best fits their schedule—late afternoon, evening, and some weekend hours are customary
  • Demonstrate an ability to build therapeutic rapport with diverse populations
  • Have at least 2 years providing in-home services to families and children
  • Possess a strong working therapeutic knowledge of foster care and adoption and its impact on children and families, focusing on the effects of complex, developmental trauma on the developing child as well as knowledge of attachment-based intervention strategies
  • Exhibit an excellent knowledge of community services that support foster/adopt families

The Family Works Specialist is a full time position. Cover letters and resumes will be received by Anne Zink at annezink@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.

The starting salary for new team members at The Coalition is $42,500 with competitive benefits and work-life balance.

Families United Specialist

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 relative foster care placements. Our Families United program provides training, assessment, and support to prospective and current relative foster care providers. This position assists relative foster and adoptive parents in navigating the child welfare system. Advocating for the application of child welfare law and policy as it relates to individual cases is one of the primary focus of the position. Additionally, this position recognizes the unique experiences relative caregivers who foster or have adopted encounter and seeks to provide an empathetic and confidential outlet for them. Assistance will be given in-home, in the community, and over the phone. This position will also be responsible for completing relative foster care home studies.

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
  • Maintain at least once weekly communication with each family in the training cohort, either through phone call or email to provide additional training resources and support
  • Maintain regular and predictable on-site attendance

Candidates must:

  • Hold a degree in social services or related field
  • Have completed STARS and SAFE training (if not STARS/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
  • Minimum of 2 years working in or with foster care licensing
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing to support movement toward initial placement and on-going stabilization
  • 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.  Preference may be given to eligible candidates who also have lived experience as a relative foster care parent. The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The starting salary for new team members at The Coalition is $42,500 with competitive benefits and work-life balance.

30 Days to Family® Specialist

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.

30 Days to Family® is a short term intervention to expand efforts to find safe, appropriate relative supports for children entering foster care. One goal of the program is to assist in meeting the 2008 Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act’s 30-day standard of notifying a child’s adult relatives of their option to participate in the care and placement of the child. Click here for more program details.

 

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 when working both in the office and in the field

 

Candidates must have:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Social Service or related field
  • Experience using a variety of investigative tools and interview techniques to locate and engage individuals
  • Knowledge of the child welfare system
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Competence in working with the diverse cultures of the metropolitan population
  • Strong interview skills that establishes comfortable and confident engagement of individuals while gathering pertinent information
  • Skill in navigating various search sites including internet and public records
  • Working relationships with outside agencies, i.e. Police Departments, Courts, and Social Services
  • Confidence to be a self-starter and work successfully with little oversight
  • Ability to use various software packages, fax and copy machine, and cell phone
  • Valid driver’s license and insured vehicle

Please read the complete job description before sending your resume and cover letter to Jo Anne Zarky at joannezarky@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.

The starting salary for new team members at The Coalition is $42,500 with competitive benefits and work-life balance.

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.