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Social Worker - Adoption

Posted: 01/09/2022

Job Summary

To complete the duties involved in adoption services in compliance with all applicable federal and state regulations and consistent with the county’s standards of service excellence. These adoption services include assessment and approval of appropriate adoptive families; post termination of parental rights case management services for children who are state wards until they are adopted; provide post adoptive services, including facilitating adoptive parents and children’s support groups, provide search & exchange services; complete interstate compact requests for services including home studies and case management of children in placement.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility 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 duties and responsibilities.
 Essential Duties and Responsibilities
 The following duties are normal for this position.  These duties are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive.   Other duties may be required and assigned. Regular attendance according to the position’s management approved work schedule is required for all positions.

  • Completion/coordination of Northstar Adoption Assistance.
  • Coordinate with Probation on determining matters of State wards.
  • Complete documents for the Department of Human Services and the court for finalization.
  • Coordinate medical and educational services.
  • Refer for needed services, evaluations, treatment, or MN Choices Assessments.
  • Provide support in family and child adjustment.
  • Prepare court reports for and attend 90-day court reviews.
  • Assess Northstar Adoption Assistance needs using the MAPCY Assessment.
  • Utilize all means to secure an appropriate home including media, state register, Child-Specific Recruiters, and contacts with other agencies.
  • Gather genetic background, medical history, school records and personal history of the child and complete DHS social/medical history form.
  • Coordinate placement with other agency social workers.
  • Assist Child Protection workers with Northstar Kinship Assistance eligibility applications and preparing Northstar Kinship Assistance Agreements.
  • Complete Out of Home Placement Plans and Independent Living Plans, as applicable.
  • Coordinate services with Children’s Mental Health workers, as needed.
  • Attend IEP meetings of state wards. 
  • Provide adoption searches for birth parents, adoptive parents and adopted adults.
  • Coordinate the exchange of information between the birth parents and adoptive parents on a minor child.
  • Provide supportive services for adoptive families regarding adoption related issues, including support group and grant coordination.
  • Review Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC) referral information from other states.
  • Maintain appropriate communication with ICPC office and representatives from the sending state.
  • Meet all Agency standards for time reporting and TCM documentation.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

BA/BS in Social Work or closely related field PLUS at least 1 year of Social Work experience or equivalent education plus work experience.
 Must have a valid MN driver's license and reliable vehicle.
Desirable experience: Social Worker Foundation training, Signs of Safety training, SSIS training, previous Social Work Investigations/Assessments or Case Management experience.


Supplemental Information

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Skills needed include interviewing, information collection, assessment, counseling, program
  • development, advocacy skills, leadership abilities, report writing and resource development,
  • maintain objectivity.   
  • Develop and maintain a thorough working knowledge of all Federal/State laws, Department and
  • County-wide policies, protocols and procedures that apply to the performance of this position.
  • Develop and maintain a thorough working knowledge of court processes, mental health,
  • maltreatment, and delinquency.
  • Demonstrate by personal example the service excellence and integrity expected from all employees.
  • Develop respectful and cooperative working relationships with co-workers, including sharing
  • knowledge with others and participating in new employee training.  
  • Communicate effectively and professionally with human services staff, other county employees,
  • clients, and the public.
  • Confer regularly with and keep one’s immediate supervisor informed on all important matters
  • pertaining to assigned job accountabilities.
  • Represent the County in a professional manner to all clients, professionals, and community
  • members when doing the County’s business.
  • Ability to handle confidential and data privacy issues appropriately.
  • Ability to handle contentious issues appropriately.
  • Ability to solve problems and determine appropriate course of action.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagrams or schedule forms.
  • Ability to manage crisis situations.
  • Work cooperatively with members of management and co-workers.
 Accountabilities Shared by All Employees 
  • Performs job responsibilities in a manner consistent with the County's vision, mission, and values. 
  • Develops and maintains a thorough working knowledge of all department and county-wide policies, protocols and procedures that apply to the performance of this position. 
  • Develops respectful and cooperative working relationships with co-workers. 
  • Informs immediate supervisor of all-important matters pertaining to assigned job responsibilities. 
  • Seeks opportunities for further personal growth and development. 
  • Represents the County in a professional manner to all internal and external contacts when doing the County's business. 
  • Complies with all rules and policies in order to maintain a safe work environment. 
Hiring Salary Range: $28.87 - $32.74/hour
Vacancies: 1
Unions: Teamsters
 Hours of Work: Union position with a usual work schedule of 40 hours per week during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; may include occasional evening and weekend hours.

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