23 days old

Adoption Specialist

Kalamazoo, MI 49007


At Samaritas, we ask you to join us - to \u201cBe The Rock That Starts The Ripple\u201d. A ripple of transformation in the individual lives of the 15,000 people we help each year, and a ripple of positive change throughout our community. Our team is growing at Samaritas! We are seeking more Rocks to join our team. We are always looking for additional employees who want to make a big impact and have a lot of fun doing so as part of an enthusiastic, collaborative team. We want you to be our rock!


Samaritas, one of the state's largest faith-based nonprofits, has been sending ripples of positive change into Michigan communities since 1934. Prior to 2016, Samaritas operated as Lutheran Social Services of Michigan.


Samaritas provides a continuum of care to all in need with approximately 70 different programs in 40 different locations in Michigan. We believe in diversity and inclusion, for the people we serve and the people we employ. Employing nearly 2,000 employees in opportunities ranging from direct service to management in Michigan's Lower Peninsula, we hope that you will consider joining the Samaritas team and help work in making a difference in communities across Michigan.


We walk with people in need, offering hope and compassion while upholding their dignity, advocating for equality and justice, and seeking creative solutions with those who place their trust in us.


Job Summary


Provides advanced case management services for children and families on assigned caseload, in accordance with all applicable contractual, regulatory requirements, and accreditation standards.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain current knowledge of recruitment, screening, preparation and assessment of families for adoption; in accordance with all applicable contractual, regulatory requirements, accreditation standards, and policies.
  • Coordinate matching and pre-placement process for children and families.
  • Attend court hearings and case conferences, community and recruitment events.
  • Work collaboratively with referring foster care staff, other adoption agencies and the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Complete all legal requirements for finalization of adoptive placements for state ward adoptions.
  • Collect, analyze, evaluate and document appropriate data and client progress, as required for record-keeping and reporting within required time frames.
  • Coordinate placement arrangements with foster parents, including transportation of children as needed.
  • Provide all required post placement services to assigned caseload of adoptive families.
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    Job Qualifications


    Education, Training, and Licensure/Certification

    • Bachelor's degree in Social Work or related field.
    • Licensed by the State of Michigan preferred.



    • One year experience in direct adoption services, child welfare or related services preferred.


    Knowledge Skills and Abilities

    • Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw conclusions.
    • Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.
    • Ability to apply basic mathematical applications.
    • Ability to prepare business letters, summaries, client notes, and reports using prescribed format and conforming to rules of punctuation, grammar and diction.
    • Ability to operate with minimal direct supervision. Advanced ability to utilize assessment, problem identification, and diagnostic and treatment techniques with individuals, families, and groups.
    • Advanced ability to work within complex social systems and coordinate resources as they apply to client needs.
    • Ability to deal constructively and appropriately with client apathy, hostility, resistance, and anger.
    • Ability to work in team relationships with other professionals from varied community groups, agencies, and disciplines.
    • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing.
    • Knowledge of: state and local human service systems and resources, particularly as they apply to child and family services; human growth, development, and social environments with respect to child development, personality, family life, parenting, and ethnicity; and ability to employ social brokering, advocating, and mobilizing individuals and groups.
    • Ability to utilize basic word processing and specific computer software applications.


    Additional Work Requirements

    • Automobile travel required.
    • Valid unrestricted driver's license with good driving record. Valid proof of automobile insurance.


    Physical and Mental Requirements

    • High levels of concentration.
    • Ability to lift and carry materials weighing up to 50 pounds.
    • Ability to lift/carry small children, and restrain older children up to 100 pounds.
    • Near visual acuity.
    • Hand-eye coordination.
    • Hand and finger dexterity.


    Posted: 2019-11-19 Expires: 2020-01-11

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