WACAP is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). To apply for employment at WACAP, please fill out our Application for Employment
and send it, along with a cover letter, resume, references and salary requirements to WACAP, P.O. Box 88948, Seattle, WA 98138,
fax to 206-575-4148 or submit these documents by email to SharonK@wacap.org
US KIDS LICENSOR
WACAP is currently seeking a U.S. Kids Licensor to work at our main office in Renton, Washington. This position is responsible for issuing each foster/adoptive family’s license and ensuring compliance with appropriate regulatory and contractual oversight. The person in this position shall demonstrate understanding of the needs of children in the U.S. foster care system related to child development, permanency and the impact of trauma. The Licensor will work to recruit, prepare and support foster/adoptive families for these children. The Licensor will ensure that the best interests of the child and highest ethics in the adoption process prevail in all situations, and will actively work to build strong relationships with families and local, state, federal and other private agencies for the purpose of placing children from foster care.
RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING:
1. Create and maintain strong, trusting relationships with potential and approved adoptive families in order to ensure that they choose WACAP for their adoption as well as to manage and support them throughout their foster-to-adopt process.
2. Provide leadership and consultation regarding the preparation of prospective foster-to-adopt families through the initial training process, both internally and with outside organizations. Create and propose updates to existing and future WACAP training curriculum.
3. Practice discretion and independent judgment while determining qualifications of a family for a specific program.
4. Advise, support and counsel prospective & approved families through problem-solving issues. Educate families and individuals about realistic expectations, the adoption process and protocols, and trauma’s impact on child development and parenting techniques.
5. Use independent judgment as well as collaborative insight to identify family strengths and areas of growth. Work closely with US Kids Director to resolve any concerns regarding placement stability and needed support for families.
6. Develop and maintain professional relationships with federal and state governments, cooperating agencies to promote WACAP and advocate with these groups on behalf of children and their families as needed to facilitate their adoption process efficiently and effectively.
7. Work to ensure compliance with all related legal, regulatory and contractual standards.
8. Liaison with state licensors regarding foster care licensing. Prepare, initiate, and maintain foster care licensing for families which includes tracking each family’s process, clearances, education requirements and payments.
9. Travel as necessary to meet with state governments and agency representatives, conduct home inspections, or identify waiting children and advocate for match & placement with WACAP families when appropriate. Educate state government and agency representatives regarding WACAP practices and programs. Participate in staffing, conference calls and committee meetings.
10. Serve as liaison between WACAP and Partners for Our Children related to the Oliver Project, an online portal for prospective families.
11. Conduct Health and Safety visits for children in foster placements with WACAP families as needed.
12. Assist US Kids Director to create opportunities for family social and support events. This may include work outside of normal business hours.
13. Advocate on behalf of each family as needed to facilitate their adoption process efficiently and effectively. Make recommendations for improved procedures and services to families and children.
14. Other duties as assigned.
1. BA in social work or a related field required.
2. One year relevant experience in domestic foster care adoption, regulatory oversight or related field.
3. Excellent customer service skills, detail-oriented, organized, and able to work in a fast paced environment.
4. Sensitive to, and respectful of, diverse cultures, ethnic groups, and non-traditional families with skills in diplomacy which transcend cultural differences.
5. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
6. Ability to work independently and creatively to identify and make recommendations regarding WACAP's practices and procedures.
7. Must have excellent computer skills, including web-based programs and Microsoft Office applications.
8. Ability to travel and have flexible work hours.
9. Able to commit to WACAP’s mission to serve children and families.
SUPERVISED BY: US Kids Program Manager
HOURS: Full Time
Interested parties should submit their WACAP application, cover letter, and resume via the instructions outlined at the top of this page.