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Miriam's Promise

Pregnancy & Adoption Counselor

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Job Summary

Miriam’s Promise is committed to welcoming and affirming all voices and perspectives throughout our organization. All humans, regardless of color, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, or different abilities are valued. We know that only through diversity, equity, and inclusion will we reach our full potential as we continue to ensure the well-being of the child by nurturing individuals and families. 

The Pregnancy and Adoption Counselor is responsible to the Director of Program Services (DoPS) for carrying out the functions of the agency in helping expectant parents and prospective adoptive families to complete legal proceedings and social and emotional adjustments necessary to adoption and pregnancy counseling. This position will be responsible for services provided to pregnancy clients and those families seeking domestic infant, independent, and international adoptions. Specific duties may vary from time to time and would be those assigned by the DoPS.

Job Responsibilities

Adoptive Parent Services

  • Recruit and train adoptive homes for waiting adoptive children and prospective adoptive parents
  • Plan and lead appropriate orientation and educational group activities to include adoptive parent training as described by agency policy and procedure.
  • Accept/complete home studies as assigned by DoPS and present those home studies for approval according to agency policy.
  • Respond with adoption information in a timely manner to all inquiries by adoptive parents assigned by supervisor
  • Maintain a communication log of all inquiries, their disposition, and assure follow-up services are provided as appropriate to agency procedure.
  • Maintain up-to-date case records according to licensure and agency policy
  • Remain current in adoption law and best-practice.  Comply  and respond  appropriately for the legal completion of adoptions
  • Be knowledgeable in the adoption subsidy process and the financial resources and services to adoptive families, i.e., adoption tax credits, grants, adoption fund-raising, etc.

Expectant Parent Services

  • Respond quickly to inquiries from expectant parent  and follow-up with appointments as appropriate
  • Maintain a communication log of all inquiries, their disposition, and assure follow-up services are provided as appropriate to agency procedure.
  • Maintain up-to-date case records according to licensure and agency policy
  • Provide regular face-to-face sessions with expectant parents to explore parenting and adoption options
  • Provide interim care services for infant/children when appropriate and maintain supervision of interim plan.
  • Keep interim care homes current and approved according to standards of practice.
  • Remain current in adoption law and best-practices. Comply and respond appropriately for the legal completion of adoptions.
  • Be knowledgeable in the area of financial, assistance and support resources available to expectant parents
  • Maintain communication with referral sources and ensure referral sources have up-to-date information on agency services
  • Maintain up-to-date educational resources for expectant parents
  • Subject to 24-hour call after normal work hours, which will be rotated with other staff
  • Through individual study and participation in professional conferences, remain informed of current issues and developments in the social services field.
  • Participate with other local, international, and state councils and associations in child and family advocacy efforts.
  • Maintain cooperative working relationships with government, and country agencies, referral sources, schools, juvenile justice authorities, etc.

Qualifications

Master’s Degree in Social Work from an accredited program, Counseling or a related field is preferred, minimum requirements of a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, or related field. With a minimum of one (1) year of adoption experience in counseling, foster care, and/or adoption services. Must meet additional Hague accreditation standards for social service personnel.

Additional Information

Benefits

Full medical for employee, 50% depdents

50% Dental

Life insurance for employee

403B Pension Program

PTO

How to Apply

Please send cover letter, resume, and references with contact information to Dietz Osborne at dietzo@miriamspromise.org.

Details

  • Date Posted: September 17, 2020
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Start Date: 11/16/2020
  • Salary Range: $38,000-$42,000
  • Working Hours: 40 hours/week