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Job Title:

Permanency Specialist

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Full Time



Job Description:

To facilitate the adoption and guardianship process for prospective parents by providing assistance to case management staff in the completion, submission, approval and closing of adoption or guardianship.

• Provide adoption/guardianship training certification referral for prospective foster parent seeking adoption or guardianship.
• Assess prospective parents’ capacity to determine if they will provide an appropriate home for adoption or guardianship, including interview of youth and named back up caregiver to complete the adoption/guardianship assessment.
• Mine file, contact birth family and child welfare specialist to gather a comprehensive history of medical, mental health, substance abuse, behavior and educational documentation to include in subsidy.
• Develop a comprehensive, clear and accurate foster home conversion assessment and investigatory report.
• Complete accurate adoption/guardianship (CFS 1800) subsidy packet and legal documents to submit to the DCFS Adoption Coordinator.
• Maintain and submit accurate and complete case notes on each family.
• Utilize adoption assistance/guardianship case record checklist (CFS 1800 TA) to ensure all documentation is attached, completed and sent to DCFS Adoption Coordinator.
• Complete and submit recommended modifications and/or additions upon request from prospective adoptive parent(s), guardian(s), attorney and/or DCFS within established time frames.
• Obtain background checks within appropriate timeframes according to the prospective parent’s licensing status
• Verify youth’s benefit eligibility; IV, Social Security, etc. Via Benefit check email.
• Provide counsel to prospective adoptive/guardian on questions, concerns or other relevant issues.
• Provide training, support and/or consultation to child welfare specialist completing adoption/guardianship packets independently.
• Submit reports as required by the Director and/or Deputy Director of Case Management.
• Maintain communication with SOS, DCFS to ensure coordination of efforts.
• Communicate problems and issues within the department to the Village Director.
• Perform other duties as assigned.
• Comply with all SOS policies, state, federal, county and city laws, rules and regulations.
• Participate in ongoing professional development workshops and seminars as required by the organization and other governing bodies.
• Attend required staff meetings, agency meetings, supervision and other meetings as requested.
• Completion of all DCFS required paperwork, including CFS 906 and CFS 1425 within 72 hours of notification of final date of adoption/guardianship.

Job Requirements:

• BSW or relevant DCFS approved Bachelor’s Degree; MSW preferred.
• Five years direct service child welfare experience and 2 year experience in adoption/guardianship work experience.
• DCFS Child Welfare Employee Licensure required; 402 Licensure preferred or ability to pass 402 licensure test within 3 months of employment.
• Ability to work with DCFS, courts, and other social service systems.
• Ability to pass DCFS required criminal background check including CANTS/SACWIS and SORS.
• Ability to provide required DCFS Medical Report/TB test.
• Valid Illinois driver's license with acceptable driving record; insured and reliable transportation.
• Ability to attend DCFS trainings and seminars to stay abreast of DCFS policy and procedures regarding adoption and guardianship.
• Sensitivity to the cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of clients and staff.
• Ability to relate to the Agency staff and to the public in a courteous and professional manner.
• Ability to work in a team environment.
• Strong communication and organizational skills.
• Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment.
• Ability to handle sensitive and confidential materials.
• Reliable, punctual, and able to manage multiple tasks.
• Ability to work flexible hours.
• Ability to work in an alcohol, tobacco and drug-free environment.
• Commitment to SOS Children’s Villages Illinois philosophy and mission.


1. Health Care benefits through Blue Cross Blue Shield
2. 403(b) retirement and savings plans
3. Accrued paid-time off and paid holidays
4. May qualify for federal student loan forgiveness

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