This position is responsible for the coordination and oversight of services to adoptive families post-finalization. Responsibilities include completion of one-year communication after finalization; referral for post-adoption services; coordination of services for families that live in other Florida counties; crisis response and transition planning.
In addition, the position will conduct meetings with adoption staff at FSS; contracted agencies and adoptive parents as necessary to determine the needs of the population. This includes facilitating discussions on overcoming barriers and creating action plans with timetables.
The Post-Adoption Specialist will also be responsible for tracking and ensuring that adopted youth who are eligible for E-MAS and E-GAP payments maintain eligibility until the age of 21.
This position does not require customary supervision and management of at least 2 or more full-time employees.
Two examples of the most common decisions made independently by this position on a regular basis without following prescribed procedures are as follows:
1. Coordination of post-adoption services with CMO Children's Home Society and other CBCs.
2. Coordination of Transitional Planning Staffing with the CMOs prior to adoption finalizations.
Contribution and Impact
-Responsible for coordinating post-adoption services in Duval and Nassau County
-Responsible for assuring all adoptive families who are in need of support post-adoption are contacted and assisted in the most expedited method possible.
This position is critical to the FSS goal of providing stability and quality of life to children by working with the community to strengthen the family unit.
Education Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university required. Masters degree preferred. Child Welfare Certification- Required
Experience Proven combination of education and experience which demonstrates the ability to lead, manage, enhance, and promote the assigned project.3 years of child welfare experience is required. Adoption experience is preferred.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Facilitate groups/meetings and conduct case staffing with a variety of stakeholders, including case managers, supervisors and leadership staff
Plan, organize and coordinate work assignments
Communicate clearly and work effectively with diverse groups of people
Maintain confidentiality of records and information
Work independently and efficiently
Write reports and correspondence
Speak effectively before small and large groups
Solve problems and deal with a variety of variables with a minimum of direction
Interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written or oral form
Be highly organized, detail oriented and flexible
Policies and statutes related to adoption and post-adoption
Florida Statutes as it pertains to adoption and post-adoption
The current Florida child welfare system
Current policies and procedures of Chapter 39 adoptions
Best practices as it relates to engaging families
Community resources available in Duval and Nassau Counties and how to access those resources
Computer applications including database software, Word, Excel, Power Point, Exchange
✔Clear a Level II background screening.
✔Clear a reference check (professional and personal).
✔Clear a local background check from the County in which you reside.
✔Clear a substance abuse screen.
✔Provide a copy of all degrees prior to your first day of employment.
✔Clear a Motor Vehicles Records check.
Provide proof of, and maintain a minimum personal auto liability insurance level $100,000/$300,000 if required.
Clear an E-Verify check to substantiate that the successful candidate meets the Department of Homeland Security authorization requirements to work in the United States (for more information visit www.dhs.gov/e-verify).
Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration Valid drivers license.
For Jacksonville to be an economically, culturally, and socially vibrant city for everyone, we must do all that we can to ensure that our children are able to reach their full potential. We have a shared responsibility to build the health and well-being of our next generation and secure a better future for our city. Healthy, nurturing, and supportive environments and experiences in childhood lay a stable foundation for lifelong health and development.
Our mission is to be the leader in providing safety, stability, and quality of life for all children by working with the community to strengthen the family unit.
Our vision is that children grow up connected to their own families, supported by families and embraced by the community; that children have the opportunity to achieve in school and to learn to be productive citizens; and that citizens of Duval and Nassau counties, organizations and agencies recognize that child protection is a community responsibility and represents the best interests of all county residents.
As the lead agency in Northeast Florida, FSS is responsible for administering, outsourcing and managing its services to the community, both directly and indirectly, in partnership with other local case management organizations (CMOs).
We collaborate with Daniel Kids, Jewish Family & Community Services and the National Youth Advocate Program to provide services that impact hundreds of at-risk children and their families every day. Our Nassau service center provides direct services to children and families in Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, Hilliard, Callahan, Yulee, Bryceville and surrounding areas.
Together, we provide a comprehensive system of care to keep children safely in their homes. We mobilize to stabilize families without the need of intrusive and costly interventions.