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Adoption Case Manager (7806)- SIGN ON BONUS!

Company: Lutheran Services Florida
Location: Largo
Posted on: October 5, 2021

Job Description:

Lutheran Services Florida (LSF) envisions a world where children are safe, families are strong and communities are vibrant.

Since 1982, Lutheran Services Florida has been providing and sharing solutions to protect Florida’s most vulnerable. Today, we are one of the largest nonprofits in Florida touching 1 in 50 Floridians with a wide range of services, including:

  • early childhood education
  • refugee and immigration
  • mental health and substance abuse
  • juvenile justice
  • child welfare

We're offering SIGN-ON BONUSES!

  • New case managers – general sign-on bonus of $1,000
  • Provisionally Certified Case Managers (no need for pre-service training – able to
  • take cases immediately and work toward full certification) - $2,000.00
  • Fully Certified Case Managers (can assume full caseload – no need for training) -
  • $2,500.00

Purpose:

LSF is looking for a talented Adoption Case Manager who wants to make an impact in the lives of others.  The Adoption Case Manager is responsible for the day to day Case Management of adoption cases including home visiting, documentation and recommendations and progression of the case.  

A Day in the Life of an Adoption Case Manager

  • Visits the child in their primary residence according to required frequency, but no less than once every 25 days. At least one visit each quarter is to be unannounced.
  • Accurately documents all case activities in the Florida Safe Families Network data base within 48 hours. Maintains the physical case file in chronological order, by subject, in accordance with the standardized case file format.
  • Maintains documentation on prospective adoptive families as well as maintaining the adoption files for each child.
  • Submits service requests to lead agency Utilization Management Department and provides clients with timely referrals to services. Develops and maintains knowledge of community resources, program eligibility requirements, key contact persons, emergency procedures, and waiting lists of available resources. Maintains regular contact with service providers and documents services progress in FSFN.
  • Completes and submits court documentation within in required time frames. Prepares for, attends, and participates in all court activities as necessary.
  • Arranges for, attends, and participates in individual case staffings as necessary. Completes all required staffing packets, application packets and adoption packets.
  • Prepares initial and on-going safety plans as necessary.
  • Arranges for emergency placement, emergency medical treatment, and emergency services for children at risk.
  • Conducts home studies as required for prospective adoptive placements. Provides relevant medical, psychological, behavioral and educational background information about the child or children to prospective care-givers as needed. Plans and facilitates sibling visits as needed and appropriate.
  • Ensure completion of Child Studies who are permanently committed with the goal of adoption.
  • Transports children as needed.
  • Ensures that all Independent Living functions are completed as required
  • Attends all appointments, staff meetings, trainings, seminars, workshops, etc., as necessary and as required by the supervisor.
  • Obtain all relevant documentation for the purpose of adoption disclosure.
  • Functions as agency on-call Case Manager as scheduled.
  • Organizes, prioritizes and completes all work assignments by the established deadlines.
  • Perform other related duties and special assignments as required.

Other Functions:

All duties are performed in accordance with the following standards:

  • Courtesy: Treats customers, the public and staff with courtesy, respect and dignity and presents a positive public image.
  • Communication Skills: Keeps supervisor fully informed of activities, pertinent issues, upcoming events and potential problems. Demonstrates effective oral and written communication skills in daily work.
  • Team Work: Supports the unit, department and/or organization and works with others in an effort to accomplish the goals of the unit, department and/or organization.
  • Safety: Employee makes a reasonable effort to adhere to established safety procedures and practices in the work area.
  • Training: Attends and successfully completes all mandated training courses such as the PDC Assessment and successfully passes the PDC examination, Pre-service Training. MAPP Training, In-service, etc., within the probationary period and as scheduled thereafter. The successful completion of the Field-Based Performance Assessment is an essential performance standard required for continued employment in the class of Case Manager.
  • Confidentiality: Adheres to all confidentiality rules.
  • On-Call: Performs on-call responsibilities as assigned. Carries an active cell-phone at all times during regularly scheduled work hours and during on call hours. Immediately responds to all calls.

Qualifications

Physical Requirements:

Must be adaptable to irregular hours, be flexible to rotate on-call as needed, be able to travel as needed.

Education/Experience:

  • Must possess a Bachelor’s degree in a Human Services field.
  • Must have a minimum of one year of case management experience 

Skills/Abilities:  

  • Self-starter, whom can work independently and is unafraid to make decisions.
  • Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must be familiar with and able to use Microsoft Office programs Word and Excel.
  • Must be able to type 45 words per minute.
  • Must be able to drive both locally and throughout the state in connection with the duties of this position.
  • Must be able to seek out supervision and help when needed.
  • Interpersonal, organizational, and problem solving, written and verbal communication, and time management skills are required along with the ability to transfer knowledge to others.
  • Computer knowledge preferred.
  • Must demonstrate sensitivity to our service population’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics and needs.
  • Must work well independently, as well as get along well with all other staff and outside contacts.
  • Works cooperatively with Program Directors, with other Case Managers, with placement staff, with Protective Investigators, with Child Welfare Legal staff and with agency support staff.
  • Effectively manages time to ensure that all home visits are completed as required, all documentation is entered into FSFN within 48 hours, court documentation is prepared according to specified time frames and court appearances are attended as necessary.
  • Follows Florida Statutes, Administrative Code, written policies and orders of the Dependency Court in managing cases toward goals recorded in case plans.
  • Professionalism in all LSF matters.

Other:

Case Managers should fully understand case ownership responsibility as the integrator of all services and supports identified for each child, including therapy, other mental health services, health and dentistry, developmental services, educational support, permanency and safety; as well as their responsibility to make trauma sensitive transitions when it is determined that a caretaker lacks the needed level of responsibility to care for their children. 

 

Why work for LSF?

Ability to Make an Impact in Multiple Areas

LSF offers several programs, spanning across a wide range of populations in need. This gives our team members an opportunity to learn and potentially work in programs outside of their direct area. Either way, members of the LSF family will play a part in transforming the lives of those in need.

Community

A career at LSF means working and learning alongside talented professionals in a dynamic and inclusive environment. The values of our organization – OPEN-MINDED, COMPASSIONATE, GENEROUS, VISIONARY and HONESTY – drives each one of us.

People working at Lutheran Services Florida treat each other like family. Whether you work on the front lines or work in an office, you share a common bond that is felt throughout the organization.

Growth Opportunities

Because of the variety of programs we offer throughout Florida, team members have the option to explore areas of interest in other programs or grow within their existing program/department.

Amazing benefits package including:

  • Medical, dental and vision
  • Teledoc (24/7 access to doctors via phone and video)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Long-term disability
  • Employer paid life insurance (1X salary), AD&D
  • Health and dependent care FSA
  • 13 paid holidays + 1 floating holiday
  • Generous PTO policy
  • 403(b) Retirement plan with 3% discretionary employer match
  • Tuition reimbursement

Additional Voluntary Benefits

  • Short-term disability
  • Group life insurance
  • Accident, critical illness/Cancer and hospital policy
  • Legal Shield coverage

Lutheran Services Florida embraces diversity, equity and inclusion in all business practices. LSF is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Education

Required
  • Bachelors or better in Human Services or related field

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