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Job Category:

Human/Social Services

Position Title:

Special Needs Adoption Social Worker-WI

Position Description:

City La Crosse State WI Location 3029 - WCR Special Needs Adopt Starting Pay $16.00 HR

Under supervision, facilitates special needs adoptions by providing assistance and support to adoptive parents and children placed in adoptive homes. Other duties include conducting home studies, foster home conversions, and co-facilitating informational meetings for potential adoptive families.

CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 1)Advises and/or counsels families, visits families, conducts assessments for prospective adoptive families. 2)Prepares written home studies, which include assessment of background, marriage, finances, motivation to adopt, and home. 3)Prepares court reports and other legal documentation as required. 4)Assesses children at various developmental levels, and determines risk factors in children’s backgrounds. 5)Provides case management services, and coordinate with various social, community, and mental health services to meet the needs of children/adolescents. 6)Keeps abreast of DCF 56, DCF 50, DCF 51, and Chapter 48 of the Children’s Code. 7)Is available for crisis situations and provide crisis intervention services. 8)Records and maintains case files for each customer. 9)Provides special needs adoption information and orientation. 10)Promotes special needs adoption through a variety of marketing sources. 11)Takes part in staffings, and other important meetings as necessary. 12)Participates as a member of a quality team and interacts with primary, external, and internal customers of the agency in such a way that the customer experiences increasing quality. 13)Facilitates education to special needs adoptive families that is specific to special needs adoptions.

Requirements 1)Working knowledge of counseling and casework principles and methods. 2)Working knowledge of assessment techniques. 3)Working knowledge of community resources. 4)Working knowledge of federal, state, and local rules and regulations governing special needs adoptions. 5)Working knowledge of human behavior, dynamics of groups, interpersonal relations, and social interaction. 6)Working knowledge of social problems and their effects on individuals. 7)Working knowledge of child development. 8)Ability to provide skilled social work treatment to groups. 9)Ability to plan and organize work effectively. 10)Ability to establish and maintain effective public and working relationships. 11)Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing. 12)Ability to prepare and present detailed and complex reports.

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE 1)Graduation from a recognized college or university with a bachelor’s degree in social work, sociology, psychology, or a closely related field. 2)One year experience in child welfare services. 3)Certified in social work. 4)Possession of a valid and current driver’s license is required.

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Human Services (UG)

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Employer Name:


Lutheran Social Services


Human/Social Services



647 W. Virginia Street, ste 200







Phone Number:

(800) 488-5181

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