Use your skills to make a difference in the world! Headquartered in Renton, Washington, WACAP (World Association for Children and Parents) is a global, dynamic, non-profit that transforms lives through adoption. We are a champion for children, finding and preparing permanent families, and offering lifelong support after adoption. Since our inception in 1976, we've placed over 11,000 children from the U.S. and around the world with loving adoptive families.
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, via one of the following:
- Mail: WACAP, P.O. Box 88948, Seattle, WA 98138.
- Fax: 206-575-4148.
- Email: SharonK@wacap.org.
WACAP (World Association for Children and Parents) is an equal opportunity employer. WACAP offers equal employment and advancement opportunity to all qualified individuals regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, or veteran status and complies with all federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination in employment.
Foster Care & Adoption Specialist
Help transform children's lives! WACAP (World Association for Children and Parents), located in Renton, WA, is a leading non-profit offering foster care & adoption services. In 41 years, we've placed almost 12,000 children from the U.S. and around the world with loving adoptive families.
WACAP is seeking a full time employee to work in our Foster Care and Adoption team helping to support foster and adoptive families and the foster children who are placed in their homes. This position visits families monthly from placement through finalization in order to offer coaching, support, referrals to services, and be a liaison with the state.
1. Create and maintain strong, trusting relationships with prospective adoptive families in order to ensure an excellent level of support throughout their foster care or adoption process.
2. Travel as needed to conduct monthly home visits with children (support & supervision) in foster placements with WACAP families.
3. Work to ensure compliance with all related regulatory and contractual standards.
4. Advise, support and counsel 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. Serve as a liaison between family and other parties in the foster care system.
5. Support families and placed children by participation in court hearings, DCYF Family Team Decision Making Meetings, Adoption Consortium Meetings, and other state-driven and case-driven milestones throughout a child’s legal case.
6. Document provided support and child information, progress towards treatment goals via monthly and quarterly reports within required timeframes. Maintain the family and child files according to WACAP policy & procedure as well as regulatory oversight.
7. Establish and maintain a relationship with the family's coordinating agency and/or social service worker throughout the foster care placement and/or adoption in order to ensure positive communication and collaboration regarding progress toward permanency plans.
8. Use independent judgment as well as collaborative insight to identify family strengths and areas of growth. Work closely with Program Director to resolve any concerns regarding placement stability and needed support for families.
1. BA required, MSW or a Masters in a related field preferred.
2. Minimum 2 years’ experience in adoption or related field. Experience in the US foster care system preferred.
3. Understanding of TBRI® preferred.
4. This position requires a flexible work schedule, including some evenings and weekends. The position also requires travel, using personal vehicle, throughout Puget Sound area for home visits with prospective and placed families.
5. Excellent leadership skills, and the ability to work well with individuals of diverse race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.
6. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to speak publicly on behalf of WACAP.
7. Commitment to the creation and maintenance of a corporate culture that values excellence, collaboration, trust, public recognition and fun.
WACAP is a group of energetic, fun, and smart professionals dedicated to finding families for children and youth. We offer excellent benefits, flexible hours, paid holidays, and personal leave time. Located in Renton near I-5 and & I-405, near many local businesses, restaurants, coffee shops, and public transportation. Learn more about us at www.wacap.org.
Send a cover letter and resume to reply email, or fax 206-575-4148, or mail to WACAP POB 88948 Seattle WA 98138. WACAP is an equal opportunity employer.
We offer medical, dental, and vision coverage; flexible hours; paid holidays; and a generous personal leave time accrual.
Job Type: Full-time
- What is the highest level of education you have completed?
- Do you have experience working in the foster care system?
- Have you ever written foster care or adoption home studies?