Branch Social Worker - CA

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Post Date: Nov 21, 2019
Job Type: Full Time
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Location: US - California - Oakland
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Holt International finds and supports permanent, loving families for children who are orphaned, abandoned or at serious risk of separation from their family. The Masters Level Social Worker represents Holt in his/her community and ensures successful adjustment of child and family by conducting an assessment of the family, and providing appropriate services throughout the adoption process. The Masters Level Social Worker works cooperatively with families, the Branch Office and the Regional and Social Service Teams in Eugene, Oregon. Note: The Branch Social Worker is primarily a home based position. Depending on where the position is located in proximity to the branch location, the position may be required to have branch office hours. The Branch Social Worker position is required to travel (most often by car) to different locations within the assigned area to complete the essential functions of the position.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS (to be completed within timeframes outlined by the Branch Director):
1.        Contributes to public knowledge about Holt and support Holt programs by recruiting adoptive families, conducting informational meetings and phone calls, holding pre-adoption seminars, participating in activities arranged by Holt including picnics or parent groups, representing Holt at adoption meetings, coalitions and organizations, and performing other outreach activities as appropriate.
2.        Determines a familys ability and capacity to parent an adopted child by conducting pre-home study meetings as requested, reviewing and assessing agency-requested information, evaluating the familys knowledge and perceptions of adoption, teaching adoption education courses, and conducting psycho-social assessments of family members.
3.        Contributes to the delivery of high quality adoption services by producing adoption home studies and post placement reports and all supplemental materials in compliance with current country, agency, state and USCIS requirements.
4.        Provides support and case management on all assigned families by maintaining quarterly contact throughout process, communicating information to the family, referring family to appropriate community support systems when necessary and documenting all correspondence in Holts database.
Masters Degree in Social Work or related field, five years experience in a social service setting, and state license (where applicable). Requires the application of clinical skills and knowledge to determine the appropriateness of an adoptive placement of a child and whether that placement is in the best interests of the child. Knowledge of family and group dynamics and adoption practices. Excellent writing and computer skills. Cross cultural sensitivity. Note: Required to complete a minimum of 30 hours of training every two years on current and emerging adoption practice issues.

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