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Family Resource Coordinator, Adoption

TITLE: Family Resource Coordinator
DIVISION: Family Resource
PROGRAM: Family Resource
CATEGORY: D
REPORTS TO: Director of Family Resource
HOURS: Full-time: 37.5 hours; Requires work outside of traditional office hours
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PURPOSE & SCOPE: The Family Resource Coordinator is a member of the CFCS Family Resource team which provides:
• Recruitment, assessing, training, guidance and support for families interested in adoption or foster care;
• Matching children with families able to care for them;
• Specialized recruitment for specific children and sibling groups;
• Post-placement family support.
Under the supervision of the Director of Family Resource (or designee) the Family Resource Coordinator is responsible for aspects of recruitment, assessment, training, re-evaluation and support of family resources for children served by CFCS Adoption Program.
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DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The Family Resource Coordinator:
• Organizes and carries out recruitment activities, including:
o Establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with formal and informal community groups in Greater Boston in order to identify prospective adoptive homes, especially families of color;
o Screening and responding to inquiries from families interested in serving as resources;
o Organizing and leading information meetings for prospective family resources;
o Collaborating with other CFCS staff to design and update recruitment materials.
• Organizes and co-facilitates MAPP (Massachusetts Approach to Partnerships in Parenting) training for prospective family resources;
• In collaboration with CFCS staff, MARE, DCF and other resources, plans and carries out recruitment efforts, including targeted recruitment for children of color, children with special needs, sibling groups, and older children;
• Conducts clinical assessments of prospective adoptive families, in accordance with agency policy and procedures;
• Collaborates with CFCS staff and staff of other agencies as needed to support process of placement;
• Provides post-placement support, training and referrals in accordance with CFCS policy and procedures;
• Maintains complete and accurate records, ensuring documentation required for licensure is complete.
Duties and responsibilities are carried out in conformance with relevant Competences (attached).
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REQUIRED EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
• Masters degree in social work, psychology, education or a related field
• Professional licensure where applicable;
• Minimum of 2 years’ experience in child welfare services;
• Experience in adoption, foster care and serving families of color preferred.
Other requirements:
• Must be available for some evening and weekend recruitment, training and home study activities.
• Valid driver’s license and properly insured vehicle
• Clearance of background checks as required by state and federal law.
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COMPETENCIES FOR FAMILY RESOURCE COORDINATOR: The following is a summary list of competencies required for this position.

LEADERSHIP: Demonstrates:

1. Ability to develop productive, respectful and empathic relationships

2. Understanding of legal and ethical principles that govern practice.

3. Understanding of role of culture in provision of service, including effects of stereotypes, biases and prejudices and assists staff in exploring their own stereotypes, biases and prejudices.

ORGANIZATION: Program Management & Supervision: Demonstrates:

4. Ability to manage own workload and oversee staff management of workload.

5. Understanding of accurate and complete documentation and record keeping.

6. Ability to anticipate and avoid or mitigate crises to reduce risk and disruptions arising from crises.

7. Understanding of and applies conflict resolution principles and process to promote consensual agreement.

8. Ability to hold regularly scheduled, planned individual supervision with each supervisee in order to teach and support each supervisee, and to oversee practice.

9. Understanding of strengths- based performance assessment and professional development.

10. Ability to actively pursue improvement of own skill, knowledge and abilities.

CLINICAL EXPERTISE: Demonstrates:

11. Understanding of process and elements needed to engage families and children in assessing strengths and needs, planning and providing service, reaching service goals, and concluding service provision.

12. Understanding of evidence-based and best practices.

13. Understanding of importance of existing family relationships to children and acts to support such relationships.

14. Understanding of importance of permanent and long-term nurturing relationships for children.

15. Thorough knowledge of child and youth development, and applies knowledge in conclusions and decisions which might influence a child’s or youth’s course of development.

16. Understanding of medical and educational needs of children and youth and applies that knowledge in conclusions and decisions about a child’s care.

17. Understanding of family dynamics.

18. Understanding of case management as a comprehensive role including needs assessment, planning, linkage, monitoring, and advocacy.

19. Understanding of content and process for conducting clinical assessments of families and children in relation to adoption planning.

20. Ability to apply family centered and strengths based principles in recruitment, assessment and support of placement resources families to ensure resource families are well informed and prepared.

21. Understanding of system of child protection

ENHANCED COMPETENCIES: Knowledge, attitudes and skills not required at hiring, but expected to be acquired on the job, and that will enhance performance.

22. Ability to promote agency values and goals and exert influence within the unit, agency, with public and private partners and in the community.

23. Understanding of licensing and contractual compliance.

24. Ability to gather and use information and data to for case planning and decision making.

25. Understanding of basic financial management principles and systems.

26. Understanding of laws governing CFCS practice, including statute, regulation and case law.

27. Understanding of system of public and private agencies involved in services CFCS provides.

28. Understanding of trauma, prevalence of trauma in population served, and elements of trauma-informed interventions