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 directs the day-to day operations of the Adoption Unit to ensure established outcome measures, service and quality standards are met, exceeded and maintained. 

Responsibilities: Supervises the Adoption Advocate in dealing with challenges and barriers using their knowledge of ChildNet’s System of Care, Policies and Procedures and state and federal mandates for the Child Protection System in order to achieve permanency for ChildNet’s clients by:  

  • Providing background information and possible resolutions to inquiries and concerns form clients, the community and departments within ChildNet.
  • Providing advanced knowledge of court procedures and the laws that govern child welfare, the handling of sensitive or confidential information, and resources in the community.
  • Overseeing the Adoption Exchange and verifies that it is up to date and accurate with web pictures for all children available for adoption.
  • Attending adoption staffing for children eligible for adoption.  Conducts follow-up recommendations.
  • Assessing the AA support of Child Advocate's, i.e. case progress, training, assistance with set-up of pre-placement planning and placement, reviewing judicial reviews after Termination of Parental Rights (TPR), etc.
  • Assisting the AA with required staffing, i.e. separation of sibling, matching staffing, etc.
  • Verifying that AA's documents contain the required information in the automated software systems and maintain the documentation in files in accordance with state records management requirements.
  • Establishing and maintaining partnerships with corporations, civic and community organizations on the local, state and national levels in order to assist with recruitment of homes for adoptive children, in compliance with Interstate Compact procedures.
  • Establishing a positive working relationship with community providers, the Attorney General's Office, and the Guardian Ad Litem Program
  • Monitoring the quality and productivity of the work performed by unit employees, i.e. adoptive families were provided referrals to community resources for services, AA worked with CA - Recruiter/MAPP Trainer to reduce families considered, face-to-face meetings occur with the AG's office, judicial and administrative reviews heard, all parties notified of court hearings, etc.
  • 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

* A 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).

* Two years of experience in human services or child welfare programs. (Preferably as case manager).

* 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:

  • Providing Motivational Support: The ability to enhance others' commitment to their work.
  • Fostering Teamwork: As a team member, the ability and desire to work cooperatively with others on a team; as a team leader, the ability to demonstrate interest, skill, and success in getting groups to learn to work together.

  • Empowering Others: The ability to convey confidence in employees' ability to be successful, especially at challenging new tasks; delegating significant responsibility and authority; allowing employees freedom to decide how they will accomplish their goals and resolve issues.

  • 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.

  • Decisiveness: The ability to make difficult decisions in a timely manner.

  • Achievement Orientation: Being persistent and showing perseverance on achieving concrete and tangible results out of personal responsibility; getting optimum results from situations; being ready to take action and show tenacity in case of obstacles or resistance.
  • Initiative: Spotting opportunities within a circle of influence; anticipating threats and acting on them; self-starting rather than waiting passively until the situation demands action.

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).