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.
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- Mail: WACAP, P.O. Box 88948, Seattle, WA 98138.
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- Email: SharonK@wacap.org.
FOSTER CARE & ADOPTION LICENSOR - Renton, WA
WACAP is seeking a full time employee to work with our US Kids team as a Foster Care and Adoption Licensor. This position is responsible for issuing each foster/adoptive family’s license and ensuring compliance with appropriate regulatory and contractual oversight. The successful candidate will 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. WACAP seeks a person who has outstanding communication and organizational skills, who is efficient, detail-oriented, flexible and proficient in Microsoft Office.
Responsibilities and Duties:
-Create and maintain strong, trusting relationships with potential and approved adoptive families to ensure that they choose WACAP for their adoption as well as to manage and support them throughout their foster-to-adopt process.
-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, propose updates to curriculum, and deliver training to prospective and placed families as needed.
-Work with supervisor and Social Services department to document home study updates or write initial home studies if needed.
-Practice discretion and independent judgment while determining qualifications of a family for a specific program.
-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.
-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.
-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.
-Work to ensure compliance with all related legal, regulatory and contractual standards.
-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. Educate state government and agency representatives regarding WACAP practices and programs.
-Travel as necessary to meet with state governments and agency representatives, conduct home inspections, or to support the Foster Care & Adoption team via offering case management support or supervision of child visits with biological family members if needed.
-Participate in staffing, conference calls and committee meetings.
-Identify waiting children and advocate for match & placement with WACAP families when appropriate · Assist Program Director to create opportunities for family social and support events.
-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. -Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Skills · BA in social work or a related field required. · One year relevant experience in domestic foster care adoption, regulatory oversight or related field. · Excellent customer service skills, detail-oriented, organized, and able to work in a fast paced environment. · Sensitive to, and respectful of, diverse cultures, ethnic groups, and non-traditional families with skills in diplomacy which transcend cultural differences. · Excellent verbal and written communication skills. · Ability to work independently and creatively to identify and make recommendations regarding WACAP's practices and procedures. · Must have excellent computer skills, including web-based programs and Microsoft Office applications. · Ability to travel using personal vehicle and have flexible work hours. · Able to commit to WACAP’s mission to serve children and families. Benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance coverage plus retirement savings plan. PTO accrues at 1 day per month plus additional week/s awarded each anniversary in addition to 11 paid holidays.
Job Type: Full-time
Required education: Bachelor's Required
Experience: Relevant domestic foster care, adoption, regulatory oversight: 1 year
Required license or certification