Permanency Specialist (North Platte)



North Platte, NE 


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Job Summary: Responsible for receiving referrals for children that are free for adoption or have a concurrent plan of adoption, with the primary objective of achieving permanency, conducting a complete family finding process, matching children with potential permanent families, support and training of matched families, service planning for the referred children and families, coordination with referring agencies and the court system.

Questions? Please contact Kim Arkfeld at 402-451-0787 or 11926 Arbor Street Omaha NE 68144. Please send resume and cover letter to Nebraska Children’s Home Society, 4939 S 118th Street, Omaha NE 68137, Attn: Human Resources.

Job Requirements:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Identifies permanent families for referred children.
  • Conduct complete file mining efforts for referred children;
  • Complete thorough family finding efforts utilizing Kevin Campbell's model;
  • Assess referrals for potential matches of permanent homes with children using agency guidelines and procedures;
  • Coordinate referrals, biographies, and photo sessions necessary to place children on the adoption exchange websites;
  • Coordinate matching of children with permanent homes through monitoring inquiries through the adoption exchange websites, conducting reverse searches for potential families, and inquiring about potential matches through child placing agencies;
  • Coordinate matching older youth with lifelong connections;
  • Create a thorough service plan, according to agency procedures, ensuring all of the child's needs are met;
  • Complete thorough documentation of all contacts with children according to agency procedures;
  • Provide an updated monthly summary report to the referring agency every month according to agency procedures;
  • Visit the child at least one time each month and according to agency guidelines;
  • Conduct visits and meetings between the child and potential family according to agency procedures;
  • Attend all court hearings related to the child and the child's family;
  • Attend all meetings related to the child as requested by the referring agency and according to agency procedures;
  • Work as a collaborative member of the child's professional team;
  • Provide oversight and support to children and matches including:
  • Assess ongoing potential for reaching and maintaining permanency;
  • Ongoing home visits, individual and group education, and facilitating communication between biological and permanent families;
  • Complete home studies and home study updates for potential permanent families;
  • Communicate ongoing training opportunities to families;
  • Assist families in accessing all required resources to meet the needs of children placed in the home;
  • Ensure ongoing contact between permanent homes and a child's family members;
  • Assist permanent family with transportation of children to appointtnents as needed;
  • Ensure permanency options are cooperative members of the child's professional team;
  • Complete documentation on all service activities according to agency procedures;
  • May be required to participate in the completion of finalization packets;
  • May be required to understand subsidy processes and documents and educate families on subsidy issues;

Supplemental Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Commitment to NCHS mission and strategic goals;
  • Commitment to NCHS CQI initiatives;
  • Maintaining a positive and cooperative relationship with all internal and external professionals;
  • Participation in agency committees as assigned;
  • Completion of at least 12 hours of ongoing education each year specifically related to the position;
  • Ongoing compliance with all contract and grant position requirements;
  • Positive representation of NCHS in all community settings;
  • Adherence to confidentiality policies;
  • Demonstration of respect, appreciation, and sensitivity for diversity;
  • Facilitate a team atmosphere by working in partnership with agency staff and collaborating partners;
  • Engage in community activities designed to raise awareness of the need for permanent homes for youth in the foster care system;
  • Other duties as assigned by the Permanency Services

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Minimum education and experience:
  • Master's Degree preferred, Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, Human Services or related filed required;
  • Minimum of two (2) years of relevant experience in child welfare;
  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
  • Knowledge of the Nebraska foster care system preferred;
  • Ability to manage a high volume caseload;
  • Capacity to interpret and abide by NCHS policies and procedures;
  • Ability to observe situations with sensitivity and objectivity;
  • Possess high quality written and verbal skills;
  • Knowledge of computer operations;
  • Ability to work independently and self manage;
  • Possession of a vehicle for travel to family homes and meetings;
  • Current driver's license with no more than 6 points assessed;
  • Vehicle insurance with minimum coverage requirements;
  • Physical demands:
  • Regularly required to speak and hear, walk, climb, sit, use hands and fingers to operate, handle or feel objects and equipment;
  • Ability to lift at least 20 pounds;
  • Ability to enter family homes with different types of entrances and structures;
  • Schedule demands:
  • Ability to adjust normal work schedule to accommodate the needs of clients, including evening and weekend work;
  • Ability to participate in the on-call, 24/7 rotation of the emergency/placement phone line;
  • Site factors:
  • Work is completed in an office setting and in family homes;
  • Local and out of state travel is required.

Note: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described above are representative of those that will be encountered by a person performing the essential duties and responsibilities of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

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Nebraska Children's Home Society 4939 S 118th Street
Omaha, NE, United States

Phone: 402-451-0787
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