Children's Home Society of Florida

  • Adoptions Specialist

    Job Locations US-FL-Jacksonville
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

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    Do you have what it takes to reshape the future for children?

    Do you believe in empowering children and families to realize their full potential?

    Are you ready for a meaningful career that impact lives for generations?

    Then Children's Home Society of Florida is for you!


    As an Adoptions Specialist, you will provide specialized adoption support services to dependency staff and children and families in care.  Our end goal? To help create permanent, stable, and safe home environments for all of Florida's kids.

    #MyCHSWhy - Meet Casey, Adoptions Specialist from Tallahassee:

    "As an adoptions specialist, I am tasked with the responsibility of recruiting families for adoption. I love that I get to work with families and create forever families for the most deserving children. I recently had the privilege of working with a 17-year-old--perhaps the most special, talented and resilient young adult I've ever met. I made it my goal to find a family that was perfect for him...and I did it. As soon as I met the family in one of my Quality Parenting Training classes, I knew they were the one for him. The adoption finalized a few months ago and they are thriving. There are few things as inspiring as forming forever families... that is #MyCHSWhy."



    YOU WILL: 

    • Develop or assist in the development of policies and procedures for the Adoption Program
    • Attend and testify court hearings; Prepare documentation for court proceedings; Work with child welfare legal staff on required documentation; Conduct diligent searches; 

      Track judicial requirements and timeframes; Manage legal performance (JR timelines, filings, petitions, communication, reports); Review appropriateness of all AAPLA cases and document justification; Prepare IL documents for aftercare planning; Participate in IL required staffings 

    • Keep staff informed of procedural changes
    • Collect/track client exit interviews
    • Recommend finalization of adoption
    • Coordinate and complete permanency plans and visitation agreements for cases where siblings are separated
    • Gather and interpret data on permanency performance measures and conduct process management workgroups; Develop procedures and protocols for improved performance
    • Set up systems and monitor performance for permanency and contract measures; prepare and submit required contract performance reports
    • Participate in CBC quality management activities and meetings; participate in peer CIRT and CFSR file reviews
    • Monitor contract measure targets and convene supervisors to deliver feedback on performance by units.
    • May perform the same essential functions as an Adoptions Recruiter that include: Develop recruitment strategies and initiatives for Adoption Program; Recruit and screen adoptive families, which may include performing public outreach and speaking engagements.
    • Conduct home studies; Collect and interpret all required documents for licensure or home approval (i.e. background screening, inspections, references, life stories, etc.)
    • Assist in the assessment client’s behaviors and emotional needs to determine the best possible home match
    • Provide on call support after hours.
    • Provide support to dependency staff in relation to the assigned specializations
    • Work with the biological family to help them determine if an adoption plan is right for them. Provide supportive counseling to birth family and adoptive family, before, during and after the adoption. Prepare all legal documentation.



    • Ability to conduct home visits
    • Ability to learn computer skills sufficient to perform all essential functions
    • Ability to plan and carry out an effective community recruitment program
    • Ability to problem solve, make decisions and implement plans
    • Ability to work flexible hours
    • Effective interviewing, leadership, organizational, customer service and communication skills



    • Bachelor’s degree in a human services related field
    • Two years of professionally related experience
    • Child Protection Professional certification
    • Florida Driver’s License within 30 days from hire
      • MSW or related master’s degree
      • Experience training or supervising foster parents
      • MAPP or PRIDE certification
      • Experience or knowledge of special needs children 


    When children and families face complex challenges, Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS) is there - we been delivering the right solutions at the right time since 1902. With our innovative practices and commitment to excellence, we are the only organization with the size, scope and depth of services that can reshape the future for children. With more than 1,800 team members, CHS is the #1 provider of services and solutions to children and families in Florida.



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