Employment Opportunities

Unprecedented Growth

Why are there so many open positions at the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition? The Coalition is happily in a time of unprecedented growth thanks to an increase in funding from the State of Missouri. We are looking for superior candidates who can join our team. You are welcome to apply for as many open positions that are a match with your experience and skillsets.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Candidates will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Reasonable accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis for exemptions to this requirement in accordance with applicable law. Applicants should be aware that for external-facing roles, particularly those involving close contact with vulnerable individuals, accommodations that involve remaining unvaccinated against COVID-19 may not be deemed reasonable. The Company will engage in the interactive process on an individualized basis in light of each particular role.

Current Openings

Adoption Specialist

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Base Salary: $56,595

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 waiting for an adoptive home. Our Adoption Specialists work exclusively with the hardest-to-place children through permanency preparation and intensive adoption recruitment efforts. The position requires the recruiter to carry out all aspects of multi-faceted, child-specific adoption recruitment. Each case requires the Adoption Specialist to facilitate team meetings with the goals of ensuring a system of supportive adults and identifying a permanent resource committed to adoption or guardianship for participating youth.

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 Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or related field
  • Maintain a flexible work schedule to meet the needs of youth and families
  • Demonstrate a strong knowledge of child welfare law and policy and how to use it to advocate for youth and families
  • At least 2 years experience navigating the child welfare system
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing to support movement toward permanency
  • Exhibit an excellent knowledge of community services that support foster/adopt families

This is a full time position. Send your resume and cover letter to Katie Corrigan at katiecorrigan@foster-adopt.org. Applicants without a well-written, thoughtful cover letter stating passion and qualifications for serving our population will not be considered.

Family Works Specialist

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Base Salary: $56,595

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 (virtually at this time) 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 (virtual at this time) child and family interventions
  • Partner with families to identify and establish attainable goals and support families to achieve their goals
  • See job description for a 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 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 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.

Marketing & Multimedia Specialist

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Base Salary: $56,595

The Marketing & Multimedia Specialist will help showcase the Coalition’s impact and services by creating materials and communications for the incredible families we serve and the generous donors that make our mission possible.

The Marketing & Multimedia Specialist will collaborate across departments with the Marketing Director to create digital communications, flyers, postcards, brochures, social media graphics, newsletters, website updates, videos and more to fulfill marketing and design requests for the organization. They will also become the point-person for all photography and videography needs at the Coalition.

This role is perfect for a passionate, creative, multimedia jack-of-all trades and graphic design generalist who wants to use their skills to make a meaningful impact in the community.

This position is based out of the Coalition’s offices on S Brentwood Boulevard in St. Louis, MO, and reports to the Marketing Director.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities

  • Photography & Videography: Serves as the single point of contact for all videography and photography needs at the Coalition. Travels within the organizations service area to photograph and take videos of adoption days, success stories, and other projects that help share our mission with the community.
  • Marketing Material Creation Support: Supports the Marketing Director in the production of print, digital and other organizationally branded materials for programs, fundraising campaigns, special events, social media and more.
  • Website Updates & Monitoring: Updates content and graphics on website as needed, monitors website for out-of-date information and implements SEO best practices.
  • SOP Creation: Creates “standard operating procedures” or step-by-step instruction guides of reoccurring marketing projects to ensure proper continuity planning and consistency.
  • Editorial Support: As a member of the marketing and communications teams, this position will assist in reviewing drafts of Coalition materials, sharing feedback with the teams, and providing proofreading support before final publication.
  • Stationary Tsar: Orders and maintains stationary and brochure stock, and orders staff business cards and nameplates.

To Apply

Interested candidates should apply by email to Director of Development, Kyle Williams, at kylewilliams@foster-adopt.org. In addition to a resume and thoughtful cover letter, please also include a PDF graphic design portfolio or work samples.

Salesforce Specialist

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Salary Range: $60,000 – $70,000

Summary of Position

The Salesforce Specialist supports the day-to-day operation of the Salesforce application, which is critical to successful outcomes of the Coalition. The Salesforce Specialist customizes the platform to achieve business goals and enable users to get the most out of Salesforce technology. Staying current with the continuous evolution of the Salesforce ecosystem enables the specialist to proactively present new and innovative solutions to stakeholders. As part of the team, you’ll drive everything from development and testing, to assisting with architecture and design of the Salesforce application. The specialist will support data management and data cleansing activities. The team is responsible for support and improvement of all Coalition technology and information systems platforms and providing general IT support to all staff members. This position is based out of the Coalition’s offices on S. Brentwood Boulevard in St. Louis, MO, and reports to the Director of Information Systems.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities

  • Administers and supports Salesforce org including user setup, design, configuration, test, and maintenance of Custom Objects, Profiles and Permission Sets, Workflow/Process Builder, Visual Flows, Custom Fields, Validation Rules, and Page Layouts.
  • Develops, implements, and maintains Salesforce integrations, applications, extensions, and customizations.
  • Ensures availability of the Force.com platform and provides on-call support to resolve application issues, including troubleshooting for end-user issues and inquiries.
  • Develops reports, dashboards, and processes for our program staff, development staff, support staff and management team.
  • Creates testing and implementation plans, including user training and documentation.
  • Helps prioritize enhancement/development IT roadmap.
  • Stays current on SFDC product roadmaps and applications available from 3rd parties on the Salesforce AppExchange.
  • Matches and manipulates data via spreadsheets and imports/updates Salesforce using Data Loader.
  • Completes daily activity log.
  • Respects and demonstrates understanding for differences including the ability to interact effectively with individuals regardless of race, religion, gender, gender identity and expression, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability and socioeconomic status.
  • Receptive and responsive to training, coaching, supervision, and feedback; works well in team setting.
  • Responds to communication from families and professionals in a timely manner.
  • Participates in team and agency meetings and/or individual professional consultations. Majority of these meetings should be attended in person (virtually during pandemic restrictions).
  • Follows procedures for meeting with, calling, and consulting supervisor

To Apply

Interested candidates should apply by email with a resume and thoughtful cover letter to Director of Information Systems, Denise Pudlo, at denisepudlo@foster-adopt.org.

Family Development Specialist

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Base Salary: $56,595

The Family Development Specialist works with individuals interested in becoming a Missouri licensed foster parent in the St. Louis region. The specialist guides 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 also co-trains the STARS curriculum for in-process parents throughout the year.

The specialist is responsible for supporting families in various stages of licensure with the goal of keeping families engaged and supported throughout their fostering experience. Once licensed, families are supported by the Family Development 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 children they are caring for work toward reunification or other permanency options.

These services are provided through partnering with the family in their home environment, in the offices of community partners, Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition office, and using virtual tools.

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or related field

Experience

  • At least 2 years of experience navigating the child welfare system
  • Working knowledge of foster home licensing

To Apply

This is a full time position. Send your resume and cover letter to Katie Corrigan at katiecorrigan@foster-adopt.org. Applicants without a well-written, thoughtful cover letter stating passion and qualifications for serving our population will not be considered.

Navigation & Support Specialist

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Base Salary: $56,595

Summary of Position

Multiple systems serve children in foster care with the highest level of mental and physical health needs. These systems function independently and often at cross-purposes, resulting in poor outcomes for youth. The Navigation and Support Specialist theory of change is to create a practice-level System of Care created for each youth and family served. The intention is for these systems to function as an accountable, cohesive network that meet the youth and family’s needs. Services are designed to be culturally sensitive, trauma informed, and evidence-based or promising practices to ensure the youth will have improved outcomes that results in placement stability.

The Navigation and Support Specialist acts as care coordination consultant, helping the youth and family navigate multiple systems by: Engaging the youth and family; Being a single point of contact; Facilitating communication among providers; Tracking outcomes; Providing referrals and linkages; Managing transitions; Providing supportive follow up. The Navigation and Support Specialist helps the family drive the service plan to completion, navigating systems, and overcoming barriers.

Navigation services are tailored to the youth’s specific plan and may include some or all of the following:

  • Mental Health Services Navigation: to include the Department of Mental Health, BJC, Hopewell, Easter Seals, etc. Youth will experience continuity of mental health services or secure first-time services, as many youth are erroneously denied benefits.
  • Life Skills Systems Navigation: to include service beyond those offered by Chafee, such as Easter Seals Midwest, St. Louis ARC, Bridges, etc. for household maintenance, meal planning, personal care, etc.
  • Social Security/Disability Services Navigation: Youth who qualify will receive benefits when they transition to independence.
  • HUD/Affordable Housing Navigation: Youth will be guided through the complex intersection of housing vouchers, eligible housing opportunities, as well as practical concerns such as location and accessibility to meet life, work, and family needs.
  • Employment/Workforce Development Navigation: to include the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, STL Community College, SLATE, etc. (the goal is a living wage). Youth will receive an assessment for interest and suitability, be connected with resources to start on that path, and secure relevant supports to ensure the youth is able to sustain employment.
  • Placement Stability Navigation: If living in a foster home, youth will receive placement navigation services to ensure they are in a home which will meet their physical, mental, behavioral, emotional, and cultural needs.
  • Family and Community Navigation: Youth will be connected to safe and appropriate family and friends to establish a caring community who will help guide the youth through young adulthood.
  • Transition Services Navigation: Upon emancipation, youth will not lose access to their therapeutic services, doctor, dentist, pharmacy, medication, or any other needed support during their transition to independence.

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or related field

Experience

  • Demonstrated experience collaborating with multi-disciplinary teams utilizing innovative strategies to overcome obstacles.

To Apply

This is a full time position. Send your resume and cover letter to Katie Corrigan at katiecorrigan@foster-adopt.org. Applicants without a well-written, thoughtful cover letter stating passion and qualifications for serving our population will not be considered.

Therapeutic Foster Care Specialist

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Base Salary: $56,595

Summary of Position

Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) is provided to youth who need a higher level of foster family setting to remain in the community. In the absence of a TFC home, the youth would be at risk of placement into a restrictive residential setting. While the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition does not hold a TFC contract with the State of Missouri, the Coalition’s Therapeutic Foster Care Specialist does work in collaboration with partner agencies that do in an effort to recruit, train, and retain quality homes.

The Therapeutic Foster Care Specialist provides training and assessment to prospective Therapeutic Foster Care parents. In addition to training, this position involves on-going support to families that have taken the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition’s Therapeutic Foster Care training. The Specialist also communicates and partners with licensed child placing agencies for the purpose of parent support and ultimately placement stability. This service is provided through partnering with the family in their home environment or where the family is most comfortable, for the purposes of evaluating and maintaining the needs of the child’s placement.

Therapeutic Foster Care at the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition is a developing program and requires the Specialist to remain open and engaged in on-going program evaluation and modification as determined.

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in social work or related field

Experience

  • Knowledge in the field of foster care and adoption.
  • Demonstrate experience utilizing effective strategies to navigate through challenges.
  • Direct experience in the child welfare field. A minimum of 3 years preferred.

To Apply

This is a full time position. Send your resume and cover letter to Katie Corrigan at katiecorrigan@foster-adopt.org. Applicants without a well-written, thoughtful cover letter stating passion and qualifications for serving our population will not be considered.

Family Connection (Diligent Search) Specialist

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Base Salary: $56,595

Summary of Position

The Diligent Search program is a short term intervention to expand efforts to find safe, appropriate, relative supports for children at various points of their time in foster care. The program goal is to assist foster care case management agencies in meeting the family finding requirements of the 2008 Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing the Adoptions Act. The Diligent Search Specialist’s primary role is notification of a child’s adult relatives of their option to participate in the care and placement of the child. This notification initially will begin with parents, siblings, and grandparents and will expand to include any identified family connection. Maternal and paternal family will be explored equally.

This program is in the developmental stage and will require a strong degree of flexibility and willingness to make necessary adjustments as necessary.

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in social work or related field

Experience

  • Demonstrated experience working with interdisciplinary teams utilizing innovative strategies to overcome obstacles.
  • Direct experience in the child welfare field with knowledge of foster care and adoption.
  • Working knowledge of resource parent licensing strongly preferred.

To Apply

This is a full time position. Send your resume and cover letter to Katie Corrigan at katiecorrigan@foster-adopt.org. Applicants without a well-written, thoughtful cover letter stating passion and qualifications for serving our population will not be considered.

30 Days to Family® Specialist

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Base Salary: $56,595

Summary of Position

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. The initial search is for parents, siblings and grandparents, but the goal is that at least 80 additional relatives will be identified and explored. Because foster care placements can be fragile, the goal is to identify multiple relatives or kin as potential placement providers. Maternal and paternal relatives are explored with equal interest. In all cases, every effort is made to keep siblings together, maintain children in their school of origin, and preserve the child’s important relationships with friends and supportive adults. Once the placement provider is identified, family support interventions provided include, assessment of child and family needs, identification of family and community resources, assistance in eliminating barriers to placement with relatives, and creating a network of support services that are documented in a Roadmap to Family.

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in social work or related field

Experience

  • Demonstrated experience working with interdisciplinary teams utilizing innovative strategies to overcome obstacles.
  • Direct experience in the child welfare field with knowledge of foster care and adoption.
  • Working knowledge of resource parent licensing strongly preferred.

To Apply

This is a full time position. Send your resume and cover letter to Katie Corrigan at katiecorrigan@foster-adopt.org. Applicants without a well-written, thoughtful cover letter stating passion and qualifications for serving our population will not be considered.

Agency Shared Values

Employees of the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition agree to hold themselves and colleagues to the following values:

  • Equity: We insist on fairness and respect. We are deliberate in ensuring everyone has safety, opportunity, access, and support to be heard.
  • Family: We are family. We are connected and support one another in meeting the needs of our own families and the families we serve. We assume the best and are committed to each other.
  • Diversity: We celebrate differences and harness the power that diversity brings. Every viewpoint is heard and honored. We are stronger because of our differences.
  • Innovation & Excellence: We are intentional about knowing better and doing better, using innovation and solution-focus approaches with courageous passion and excellence.
  • Inclusion: We respect, leverage, and engage everyone’s unique strengths and talents so each individual can contribute to their full potential.
  • Integrity: We are an agency built on integrity, maintaining a culture of trust, respect, transparency, and honesty. We walk in our truth and uphold ethical standards.
  • Courage: We stand up for each other and what is right for our clients and stakeholders with truth, vulnerability, and accountability.
  • Teamwork & Collaboration: We develop and maintain authentic relationships by being flexible and open-minded and maximizing the strengths of each individual in the team to accomplish the best outcome for our children and families. Everyone contributes in leadership.