New Alternatives for Children, Inc. (NAC) is an award-winning not-for-profit agency in Midtown Manhattan, with a satellite Bronx office, dedicated to serving children and families with medical complexity, chronic health conditions, significant disabilities and behavioral challenges. To assist in achieving this mission, NAC is currently seeking a Social Worker for the Post Legal Adoption Network program.
Title of Position: Social Worker, PLAN
Position Type: Full-time, M – Friday, 9am-5pm
Department/Program: PLAN, Post Legal Adoption Network
Supervisor: Program Director
Description of Responsibilities:
1.Manage a caseload of pre and post adoptive children and families. Provide individual and family counseling, including crisis counseling around adoption permanency and adoption related issues. Assist families in navigating open adoptions. Provide advocacy, information and referrals to other NAC departments and outside agencies as requested.
2.Conduct office, home and community visits as required by each case. (Home and community-based services are primarily conducted via videoconference at this time due to the coronavirus public health crisis.)
3.Responsible for documentation of services provided; including progress notes for monthly contacts and quarterly face-to-face contacts, referrals, statistics and psychosocial summaries, etc.
4.Screen new referrals for pre and post adoption services. Conduct intake interviews for new families.
5.Participate as a treatment team member at Foster Care & Adoption Department Meetings, Foster Care Rounds, Family Team Conferences, Case Reviews and Adoption Disclosure Conferences.
6.Participate in individual and group supervision. Participate in agency staff meetings and clinical in-service trainings.
7.Attend outside adoption meetings and/or adoption fairs at the request of the Director.
8.Participates in preparing foster families for adoption. Develop and facilitate other group supports for children (Adoptment) and parents (Parenting Seminar).
9.Participates in program development and evaluation; provide consultation to foster care and adoption social workers.
10.Compliance with all NAC policies and procedures, foundation and grant requirements and NYS laws.
11.Responsible for 24-hour on-call duty and Saturday office coverage on a rotating basis.
12.Writes Comprehensive Adoption Reports (CAR) as needed for pre-adoption cases.
Required Education and Experience:
1.MSW from an accredited school of social work. Achieved or working towards LMSW or LCSW.
2.Previous social work experience, preferably related to child welfare, prior adoption related experience preferred.
3.Knowledge of health-related factors in working with medically fragile and/or chronically ill children, knowledge of mental health diagnoses, as well as experience in the area of child and adolescent development.