POST ADOPTION COORDINATOR
This position may be housed in our PATH Fargo or Bismarck locations and will provide post adopt services throughout North Dakota.
The AASK Post Adopt Coordinator represents PATH North Dakota on the AASK Collaborative upholding PATH goals and mission statement. The AASK Post Adopt Coordinator provides special needs post adoption services according to AASK policies in a professional and ethical manner.
Adoption experience is expected.
Post Adopt Services
•Direct service provider to include parenting education, counsels family on adoption/post adoption issues, and case management activities pre and post finalization.
•Actively participate in supervision, staff meetings and focus on professional growth and training issues related to special needs post adoption.
•Maintain child and family case information and documentation for all pre and post adopt activities in a timely manner.
•Maintain, as a priority, an awareness of issues related to adoption disruption and dissolution.
•Monitor research as it relates to best practice in all areas of Post Adoption.
•Establish data bases related to finalized special needs adoptions and services.
•Participate regularly in scheduled meetings for the program and agency, utilizing the following order for prioritization and in discussion with program supervisor:
◦Ongoing post adopt needs in North Dakota.
◦Staffing cases related to post adoption issues.
◦Regular staff training on issues related to special needs post adoption services.
◦Other meetings scheduled by the Coordinator. Focus and planning may include Camps, Scholarships, mentoring, web-based information, attendance at Child and Family Team meetings, school meetings, etc. as requested.
•Make recommendations and offer advocacy and referral services for the child and family pre and post finalization.
•Be a resource/referral to children and families receiving adoption subsidies and assist in making recommendations to adoption subsidy staff of family needs.
•Assist in ongoing training and development of support services for guardianship, adoptive and birth families, and adoptees.
•Provide information/referral, advocacy, or â€œadoption permanency issueâ€ training for any guardianship or adoptive family unit pre and post finalization.
•Culturally knowledgeable to fulfill the needs of the clients and the position requirements.
•Participate in the AASK and agency continuous quality improvement programs.
•Will conduct job duties from a framework that acknowledges the impact of childhood trauma on children, caregivers, and service providers. The Coordinator will integrate trauma informed care principles into practice by sharing knowledge and understanding of trauma with the child and family and other team members. Additionally, utilizes and advocates for the use of trauma-sensitive strategies to support the youth and their family.
•Network with collaborative agencies within the state, including LCPAs and other adoption and guardianship programs and services, about post adoption needs and provision of services. Partner with statewide foster and adopt coalition groups.
•Relate well and partner with clients and families, community agencies, organizations and associations.
Participate in PATH meetings, trainings, special projects, teams and duties as assigned and demonstrate positive spirit and teamwork in the workplace.
•Bachelors degree in Social Work, MSW preferred.
•Social Work license in State of North Dakota.
•Experience with families in the human service field, child welfare system, and adoption.
•Must have a valid Drivers License