Nightlight Christian Adoptions: a non-profit, Christian adoption agency in Athens, Georgia with 10 offices throughout the country. Nightlight has served expectant parents, children, and families since 1959.
Summary: The Pregnancy Counselor and Home Study Provider will be responsible for providing services to expectant parents making an adoption plan and completing home study evaluations for potential adoptive families. In addition, this employee will be become the Foster Care Case Manager once the foster care program is developed.
Supervision by: Georgia Executive Director and Foster Care Coordinator
Minimum Qualifications: a Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field with 2 years’ experience in a social work or related field OR a Master’s degree in social work or related field.
Build relationships pregnancy resource centers, hospital social workers, OBGYN offices, and other community organizations to recruit women in crisis pregnancies who are considering adoption. Also, build and maintain relationships with physicians at obstetrical and infertility clinics to inform them and patients of NCA’s adoption programs, including the embryo adoption program. Work with domestic adoptive families to prepare them for adoption and educate them regarding adoption issues. Provide information and education to birthparents who are considering adoption. Work with birthparents to explore these options regarding unplanned pregnancies and to assist them in making a plan of adoption based on the birth families’ choice. Be flexible in arrangement to meet with birth families in the circumstances in which you, the pregnancy counselor and the birthparents and other birth family members are comfortable and as appropriate. Assist birthparents with obtaining necessary services and resources such as Medicaid, physician referrals, housing etc. Provide services to the birth mothers, such as, transportation to doctor’s appointments, social services appointments, and obtaining housing. Coordinate services and provide emotional support for birth parents throughout the adoption process Maintain documentation of all client communications Provide post-placement/adoption services to the birthparents and adoptive parents including facilitating contact between birthparents, adoptive parents and the child, as well as provide ongoing counseling if needed. Carry the on-call phone which is the 24/7 number used for birth mother advertising and emergency hospital calls. Maintain education hours to meet both state and federal standards for social service personnel. Maintain the standards of ethics for the adoption profession, licensing, accrediting bodies, CIS, federal agencies and laws, state and local laws. Be knowledgeable regarding the laws and regulations as they relate to adoption in your state office and throughout the US. Continue to be educated on issues as they relate to adoption, including child welfare, members of the triad, infertility, transracial adoption, cultural heritage, and cultural diversity; bonding & attachment; and loss & grief issues. In addition, he/she must be knowledgeable about child development life cycles, and disciplinary techniques; identity formation family dynamics; early child hood trauma and PTSD; prenatal drug and alcohol exposure and consequences including FASD, Ensure that all home studies assigned are completed in compliance with state and federal regulations, as well as the regulations of USCIS, Hague Convention (if conducting international home studies), and overall ethical practices The employee will assist in?providing parent education to each prospective family with whom they are working, according to the current agency policies and procedures, and will ensure successful completion of the home study assessment.? The employee will be responsible for documenting communication with home study clients into the agency database. The employee will be responsible for assisting with the planning and implementation of agency Informational Seminars for adoption inquiries, which may occur on evenings or weekends. This will include public speaking to present adoption information to seminar attendees. Prepare all necessary written documents for court, administrative reviews, school meetings, etc. Complete monthly contact notes Conduct foster care match meetings with families Work with the Executive Director to coordinate foster care ICPC services with other state departments and agencies when necessary Maintain necessary forms for obtaining medical and other background reports, as needed. Complete orientation with new foster parents Assess each foster parent through monthly contact, and, when necessary, provide them with additional support and education as needed Provide post-placement services to foster/adoptive parents including facilitating contact between birth parents, foster/adoptive parents and the child, as well as provide ongoing support Maintain current knowledge of the Georgia licensing regulations as they relate to foster care Recruit foster parents All other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
Writing skills, organized, detail-oriented, intuitive, communication/interpersonal skills Must be willing to travel throughout Georgia Must complete Hague adoption education training immediately upon hire if not already completed May require flexible hours (some evenings and infrequent weekends) for pregnancy counseling, adoptive placements, and home study/post-adoption visits Mileage reimbursement provided at federal rate Will be required to submit a writing sample
Hours: as needed and will vary according to caseload
Please do not call inquiring about this position. The hiring manager will reach out if interested in an interview.
Job Type: Part-time
Internal Number: 2
About Nightlight Christian Adoptions
Nightlight Christian Adoptions has been helping women facing crisis pregnancy make a plan for adoption for over 50 years, we are the innovator of Snowflakes embryo adoption, and a leader in inter-country adoption with programs in 15 countries.
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