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Permanency Planning Specialist, Adoption

TITLE: Permanency Planning Specialist
PROGRAM: Adoption
REPORTS TO: Director of Adoption
HOURS: Full-time: 37.5 hours; Requires work outside of traditional office hours

AGENCY: Cambridge Family and Children’s Service (CFCS) is one of the oldest human services agencies in Greater Boston. Founded in 1873 as the Avon Home, an orphanage for local children, CFCS has a long and distinguished history of serving children, adolescents, individuals and families in the Cambridge area, Greater Boston and its suburbs. Today CFCS provides services for foster and group care, adoption, developmental disabilities, and family support, all programs that support individuals and strengthen families in more than 100 cities and towns throughout Massachusetts.

PURPOSE AND SCOPE: The Permanency Planning Specialist is a member of the CFCS Adoption Program, which provides
• Adoption planning and case management for children and youth in the custody of the Department of Children and Families;
• Recruitment, training, assessment, guidance and support for families interested in adoption;
• Specialized recruitment for specific children and sibling groups;
• Matching children with families able to care for them;
• Post-placement family support
• Adoption legalization services
Under the supervision of the Director of Adoption, the Permanency Planning Specialist is responsible for overseeing the Walker/CFCS permanency collaboration.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The Permanency Planning Specialist will facilitate the Walker/CFCS permanency collaboration through the following activities:
• Working closely with the Walker Permanency Specialist, identify permanent families for children residing at Walker as referred by the Department of Children and Families
o Participate in Permanency Roundtables, Family Group Conferences, and other permanency planning and treatment meetings
o Initiate and/or continue a Family Find process that includes search for kin and other significant adults known to the family/child
o When kinship resources are not identified, and in collaboration with DCF, perform child-specific recruitment activities by utilizing MARE services and all other matching opportunities available
o Once a prospective permanent family is identified, arrange for the family’s participation in MAPP training (if required) and the adoption license study process
o Participate in the adoption disclosure process as appropriate
• Provide clinical services and support for children and families in preparation for and following the child’s permanent placement
o In collaboration with the Department of Children and Families and Walker, support and facilitate clinically-appropriate transition plan and placement activities
o Meet regularly with children and families, providing support and parenting guidance as needed
o Provide referrals for additional services needed to support the child and family during and after the child’s transition to the home
o Identify and engage family members, friends, and other caring adults who can support the child and family, and ensure that all required background checks and approvals are documented
o Work collaboratively with CFCS Intensive Foster Care, Adoption, and/or Family Support and Stabilization program staff to ensure that needed support services are in place following the child’s placement
o Facilitate communication among all providers (including Walker, CFCS, DCF and community-based supportive services)
• Ensure compliance with regulations and policies of the Department of Children and Families and the Department of Early Education and Care
• Assist in the development, tracking and reporting of outcome measurements.
• Maintain complete, accurate and timely documentation of all case-related activities
• Perform other duties as assigned

REQUIRED EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
• A Master’s degree in Social Work or Mental Health Field;
• Licensure as an Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) or equivalent licensure;
• Minimum of 5 years’ experience in the field of adoption, foster Care or Child Welfare; management and supervisory experience preferred.

Other requirements:
• Valid driver’s license and properly insured vehicle
• Clearance of background checks as required by state and federal law.