Social Service Supervisor of Foster Care & Adoption - Family Adoption Consultants
Family & Community Services, Inc. - Sterling Heights, MI

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Social Service Supervisor - Family Adoption Consultants
GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Performs independently a full range of assignments, using the methods and techniques required to complete the processes of counseling and services to birth parents, foster care case management, permanency planning for children, child assessment, adoptive family evaluation, placement of children, and post-placement services to children and families.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Provides clinical supervision and procedural instruction to foster care and adoption specialists. Duties and responsibilities shall be completed promptly and expeditiously within the time frames delineated in agency policy, MSA, BCAL and the Michigan Department of Human Services.

  • Organizes workflow and case assignment of staff.
  • Assigns tasks to foster care and adoption specialists.
  • Maintains quality standards regarding performance and outcomes. Is responsible for meeting audit requirements for foster care and adoption caseloads of assigned staff.
  • Participates in hiring, training, and evaluation of new staff. Monitors and tracks staff training hours.
  • Maintains financial documentation of foster care and adoption services.
  • Interacts throughout the MiSACWIS computer system: ensuring accurate and timely entry of information, reports, and required forms; approves and verifies payment rosters; and assigns cases to workers.
  • Attends agency training sessions and staff meetings in order to stay familiar with current foster care and adoption policy so as to be most helpful to clients, meet all requirements for service to children and families, and maintain client records. Participates in outside training and continuing education workshops and meetings as required. Does investigation and research regarding current foster care and adoption issues.
  • Ensures for the preparation and maintenance of clear and complete reports and documents according to agency/state policies and procedures including but not limited to: legal documents, forms, and petitions. Ensures that staff maintain confidential case records and keeps files up to date.
  • Clarifies procedures and educates clients and staff regarding foster care and adoption processes and time limits. Interprets operating policies and procedures
  • Educates and assists staff in providing services to children, including education on child development and interpretation of child behavior. Provides information about and links to social resources and provides assistance to clients to utilize community resources and agencies.
  • Assists the Director of Adoption and Foster Care with development and management of the foster care and adoption departments
  • Performs other tasks as needed and/or assigned by supervisor or administration.
  • Child Abuse or Neglect Reporting Responsibilities: Must report any suspected child abuse or neglect as required by state child protection statutes. Is knowledgeable about the statute and directs any questions about the statute to the appropriate protective services unit. Further understands that such suspected child abuse or neglect concerning FAC ward, or involving any FAC client or immediate family member must also be reported to FAC supervision.
  • Complies with agency policies and procedures, COA regulations, federal and state requirements, and educational/certification/registry requirements. Ensures for staff compliance with applicable laws and policies.
  • Considerable contact with agency staff; clients; other agency personnel; court staff; referral sources.
  • Utilizes agency form letters, worksheets, check sheets, informational materials, and other agency resources to facilitate organizational service.
  • Participates in telephone and personal contacts. Engages in direct contact with alleged victims of abuse and/or neglect and completes regular monitoring of placements as a supervisor.
  • Attends court hearings as needed to ensure that staff provides direct testimony regarding case progress, services rendered to children and families, and makes recommendations regarding placement.
  • Attends home visits as needed to ensure for correct delivery of services by staff.
  • Provides crisis intervention services and is available on-call as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Knowledge of agency policy, procedures and overall operations
  • Knowledge of State and Federal social welfare laws, rules and regulations including but not limited to: Child Protection Law, Michigan Adoption Code, Act No. 116 of the Public Acts of 1973, Licensing Rules For Child Placing Agencies, Licensing Rules for Foster Family Homes and Foster Family Group Homes for Children, MSA, BCAL, and all relevant court requirements and procedures
  • Ability to maintain records, prepare reports, conduct correspondence, communicate verbally with range of clients and professionals, and maintain favorable public relations
  • Knowledge of social work theory methods, principles, practices, techniques, and language for casework, group work, and community organization
  • High level of language and communication skills
  • High level of reasoning and decision-making ability
  • Ability to navigate computer systems comfortably
  • Ability to work independently
  • Good Moral Character, emotional stability
  • Develop and maintain the ability, knowledge, experience, training and skills to perform duties and responsibilities of the position
  • Must not show any evidence or indication of the following behavior, which would constitute immediate grounds for dismissal:
    • No disciplinary proceedings for conduct regarding adoption related services during the past 10 years
    • No convictions or investigations regarding financial irregularities
    • No violations of criminal or child abuse violations
    • No unethical conduct impeding the best interests of children
    • No participation in the abduction, sale or trafficking of children for intercountry adoption
  • Professional attitude and demeanor, composed under pressure, independent, self initiated, responsible, dependable, decisive, able to work well with all types of people, mature, emotionally stable, tactful, reliable, well organized, conscientious, down to earth, composed under pressure, self assured, flexible, able to cope with change and variables, respectful of authority, dresses appropriately, respond positively to constructive performance evaluation
  • Valid Michigan Drivers License and ability to meet agency requirements for driving insurability if applicable
  • Must be able to meet agency requirements for criminal back ground check (Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation)


  • MINIMUM EDUCATIONAL/LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS: Possession of a bachelor's or master's degree with a major in one of the following human services areas: social work, sociology, psychology, family ecology, consumer/community services, family studies, family and/or child development, guidance/school counseling, counseling psychology, criminal justice, or human services. Licensed Social Worker and/or Professional Counselor in the State of Michigan preferred. Complete all initial and ongoing training requirements to comply with social work licensure, CWTI, and Hague regulations.

    MINIMUM EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: Two or more years experience as a social service worker and completion of CWTI-foster care required. Prior experience as a supervisor preferred.

    Social Service Supervisor - Family Adoption Consultants

    MINIMUM EDUCATIONAL/LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS:
    Possession of a bachelor's or master's degree with a major in one of the following human services areas: social work, sociology, psychology, family ecology, consumer/community services, family studies, family and/or child development, guidance/school counseling, counseling psychology, criminal justice, or human services. Licensed Social Worker and/or Professional Counselor in the State of Michigan preferred. Complete all initial and ongoing training requirements to comply with social work licensure, CWTI, and Hague regulations.

    MINIMUM EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: Two or more years experience as a social service worker and completion of CWTI-foster care required. Prior experience as a supervisor preferred.

    About this company
    Community Family Life Services is a non-profit inclusive Christian organization. We facilitate personal growth, independence and integration...