Job Description

ChildNet, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit community-based care (CBC) agency servicing Broward and Palm Beach County. We are contracted with the State of Florida, Department of Children and Families, to provide case management support to abused, abandoned, and neglected children. ChildNet is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and employs over 450 staff at its location in Ft Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, Florida. 

The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein.

Job Summary: This position promotes the safety, well-being and permanency of child(ren) that have been identified in ChildNet’s system of Care, where termination of parental rights have occurred. Plans and coordinates recruitment efforts in effort to target potential adoptive parents for special needs children.  

Responsibilities: Accompanies and assists the foster or adoption parents as they begin to resolve problems, overcome obstacles and access specific services, e.g. court documents, case plans by:  

  • Identifies children in ChildNet’s System of Care that Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) has occurred and there is no family identified for adoption.
  • Plans, coordinates and budgets for community awareness events to notify the community of children who need to be adopted and to improve the community’s adoption knowledge and awareness.
  • Plans recruitment activities designed to target potential adoptive parents for special needs children, i.e., nurse for medically fragile children, Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) staff for children with a history of delinquency.
  • Trains and educates ChildNet staff to develop child-specific recruitment plans for children who will be or have been TPR’d.
  • Prepares and presents identified children to the community and ChildNet staff, i.e., photo listings, video- taping and coordination of media recruitment events.
  • Assists adoption staff with the Interstate Compact for Placement of Children (ICPC) process for the Purchase of Services contract fees as needed.
  • Monitors, tracks and responds to inquiries by adopting parents concerning children placed on the web. Responds to inquiries, concerns and complaints from the families; provides resolution or directs to the appropriate department/ entity.
  • Point of contact for the internet based recruitment process for children registered on the regional, state and national adoption exchange. Monitors the progress of the children to adoption.
  • Networks and shares information about adoptive children and approved families with adoption staff around the state and the community.
  • Attends adoption and recruitment staffing.
  • Recognizing, respecting and responding to the unique, culturally-defined needs of others served.

The items listed above are intended to provide an overview of the essential functions of the job. This is not an exhaustive list of all functions and responsibilities that the position may be required to provide

Skills / Requirements

* An Bachelors degree and/or Masters in social work or related area of study from an accredited college or university required.

* Must have current and active Florida Department of Children and Families Child Welfare Certification (CWCM).

* Five (5) years work experience in case management preferred.

* Strong computer skills to include Microsoft Office 365 Suite and strong data entry skills

* Must possess a valid and clean Florida drivers license without any restrictions and/or citations that would affect job performance.

* Must have own reliable transportation and the ability to obtain and show proof of insurance.

* Must be available to work a flexible schedule to include nights and weekends in order to meet with children and families.

* Able and willing to work with a diverse client population.

Competencies:

  • Thoroughness: Ensuring that one's own and others' work and information are complete and accurate; carefully preparing for meetings and presentations; following up with others to ensure that agreements and commitments have been fulfilled.
  • Stress Management: The ability to keep functioning effectively when under pressure and maintain self-control in the face of hostility or provocation.
  • Personal Credibility: Demonstrated concern that one be perceived as responsible, reliable, and trustworthy.
  • Flexibility: Openness to different and new ways of doing things; willingness to modify one's preferred way of doing things.
  • Persuasive Communication: The ability to plan and deliver oral and written communications that make an impact and persuade their intended audiences.

Important Notes

ChildNet is committed to equal employment opportunity for all applicants without regard to race, sex, age, religion, color, disability, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, genetic information, marital status, veterans status or military service obligation, medical condition, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression and any other status protected by applicable law.  Including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and CFOP 60-10, Chapter 4. ChildNet is also a Drug-Free Workplace (DFWP).