Employment Opportunities

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.


Families United 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 relative foster care placements. Our Kinship Navigator 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 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 or case management
  • 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.


Director of Educational Advocacy

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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. Educational Advocates provide educational support and advocacy to youth in foster care and those adopted from foster care. Our advocates work with the child’s Educational Decision Maker to meet the following goals: 1. Determine and secure appropriate school placement; 2. Obtain educational evaluations; 3. Ensure implementation of special educational services; and 4. Protect student’s rights during suspensions. Additionally, our Educational Advocacy program strives to provide children with educational stability and personal growth while helping caregivers become more astute advocates for their children.

 

The Director of Educational Advocacy will provide direct supervision to program staff. The Director will ensure successful outcomes by working with staff to achieve deliverables, overcoming institutional barriers, and encouraging strong collaboration internally and among community partner agencies.  Other responsibilities include case record review, network building, and supporting execution of specific educational plans. The Director will be charged with ensuring program fidelity while also looking for opportunities to create program efficiencies.

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 education or related field
  • Demonstrate experience collaborating with multi-disciplinary teams utilizing innovative strategies to overcome obstacles
  • have in-depth knowledge of the education system. Proven management experience with specific skill in cultivating positive people management is required
  • Minimum of 5 years working in or with the systems of education and foster care is preferred.

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.


Jefferson County Family Support Specialist:

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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 Jefferson County Family Support Specialist is focused on supporting the most vulnerable foster/adoptive/guardianship families living in Jefferson County or families outside of Jefferson County caring for youth under the court jurisdiction of Jefferson County Family Court under the age of 19.

Services provided by the Jefferson County 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 communities in Jefferson County, as well as the expert support of the Coalition’s internal teams 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

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; 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 St. Louis and Jefferson County area

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.


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.