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Adoption Specialist

Southfield, MI 48075
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Under the general direction of the Adoption Facilitator, provides adoption and social work services to children made Permanent Court Wards and Michigan Children Institute (MCI) Wards, and prospective adoptive families seeking to adopt. Upon case assignment, provides adoption assessment of children and families, matches children made legally free for adoption with adoptive families, ensure for coordination of collateral services when appropriate, provide adoption supervision and post adoption assistance in effort to ensure for maintenance of the adoptive placement and as required by the state of Michigan laws, Services Manual Items, Child Welfare licensing requirements and applicable Service Standards. Works a non-traditional, flexible workweek, including evenings and weekends when necessary, transports clients using own vehicle when necessary, carries a pager or cell phone for access 24/7, responds to adoptive family/child crisis as needed/necessary in an effort to ensure for safety and service needs of the child/family.


  1. Education: BSW (or equivalent as defined by Child Welfare Licensing).
  2. Experience: One-year experience working with families and assessment skills preferred.
  3. Skills: Interpersonal skills, time management skills, conflict resolution skills, computer skills and documentation skills.
  4. Knowledge: Strength based family work, solution focused treatment, adoption process/policies and procedures, child development, child welfare laws, foster care process.
  5. Transportation: Reliable and ongoing as required to make home visits, court attendance and provide transportation to youth and families, valid unrestricted drivers license, good driving record, proof of automobile insurance.
  6. Other: comprehensive background check including fingerprinting, DHHS Central Registry clearance, MVR clearance and medical clearance (TB test, drug screen and physical).




  • Works collectively with the adoption staff to facilitate timely adoptions, appropriate service delivery, statistical reporting, staff cohesion and compliance of Service Standards.
  • Works a flexible schedule which meets the needs of assigned cases.
  • Reports foster home non-compliance to licensing staff.
  • Provides direct service as needed to ensure continuous agency supervision and service provision to adoptive parents, adopted children and children and families awaiting adoption in accordance with assessed needs and recommendations, and as required by licensing and funding bodies.
  • Keeps supervisor, and other interested parties, fully informed of case progress and case status orally and in writing as required; meets with supervisor individually and in meetings as may be required.
  • Produces written reports and letters that are organized in thought, display correct grammar and spelling, and employ professional language, meeting Service Standard requirements for content.
  • Shares community resources information, assists in the maintenance of the foster care resources manual and resource center.
  • Travels to various locations (homes, schools, places of employment, community resources) and transports youth and families as needed to facilitate the adoption/permanency plan.
  • In corporation with an appropriate Supervisor, makes referrals to Protective Services according to the Child Welfare Laws, assuring that the agency fulfills its responsibilities as specified by current policies and procedures of both the state of Michigan and Spectrum Human Services.
  • Enforces and complies with standards and procedures (HIPPA, COA Licensing, etc.) which support the preservation of client confidentiality.
  • Displays professional courtesy by being on time for all visits/appointments and meetings, canceling or rescheduling appointments if necessary (ahead of time when possible), and arranging for coverage during absences.

Work With Court

  • Prepares and educates adoptive families and youth on the court adoption process, assuring for their attendance and appropriate conduct/participation at the court appointment or hearing.
  • Attends and represents the agency (consistent with all agency policies), at all court meetings, required court hearings, adoption petition filings and adoption hearings, giving testimony, making recommendations as approved by the immediate supervisor, and complying with court and adoption proceeding protocols.


  • Attends and participates in all mandatory trainings, team meetings, individual supervision, conferences and staff meetings as scheduled in order to facilitate peer interaction and skill building to help ensure that quality services are delivered.
  • Reads and stays familiar with all Service Standards applicable to the Adoption programs, i.e. Department of Human Services Manual items, Child Welfare Laws, Licensing Manual, Program Manual, Adoption Master Contracts and various County Court requirements. Applies these requirements to day-to-day and ongoing provision of services.


  • Assists in the maintenance of the Client Information System by entering, or in a timely manner, submitting data as required.
  • Completes any/all computer generated tasks within time frames.
  • Maintains an effective system for tracking caseloads, quarterly conference, monthly and quarterly reporting, court hearings and any other service event in order to assure compliance with contract and funding requirements.
  • Completes any/all computer tasks within specific time frames.


  • Completes any/all tasks and duties as assigned by Spectrum Administrative Staff.
  • Complies with all Spectrum Personnel Policies and procedures.
  • Professionally represents the agencys programs and services in the community through interagency committees and organizations, and public speaking.
  • Maintains assigned case files consistent with agency protocol.
  • Uses keys, gate cards, identification cards, cell phones, office equipment, supplies, and all other assigned property appropriately; informs supervisor immediately if assigned property is lost, stolen or broken; returns all assigned property in good repair upon termination of employment.
  • Works on assigned committees, completing special projects and participating in Agency decision-making as needed.

The selected candidate must successfully complete a comprehensive background check including fingerprinting, medical clearance (TB test, drug screen & physical), DHHS clearance and MVR clearance.



Posted: 2021-03-18 Expires: 2021-04-18

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