About Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada
Since 1941, the mission of Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada (CCSN) has been to serve our community's most vulnerable men, women, and children. This leading community resource offers help and hope with dignity as it strives to meet the diverse needs of Southern Nevada. Through the generosity of foundations, grants, organizations, and individual donors, CCSN operates 16 programs providing support to more than 4,200 people daily and encompassing four core areas: Family Services, Food Services, Immigration and Refugee Services, and Homeless and Housing Services. CCSN also operates the largest Meals on Wheels program and Emergency Shelter Services in Southern Nevada. For additional information, please visit CatholicCharities.com.
About Loving Hearts Adoption Services
Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada has created a separate entity for its Adoption Services Program, called Loving Hearts Adoption Services. The new name builds off nearly a century of experience in facilitating thousands of adoptions. Loving Hearts Adoption Services is an accredited adoption agency and 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that provides lifetime support to expectant families, adoptive families, and adoptees before and after placement. Through compassion, clear communication, ethical practices, and support from licensed Social Workers and staff, we are dedicated to making the best adoption plan possible for everyone involved in the adoption process.
The Adoption Social Worker is employed by Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada and provides services to Loving Hearts Adoption Services. The Adoption Social Worker is responsible for day-to-day work related to Adoption cases. The primary focus of the Adoption Social Worker is to provide education, support and post-placement services to adoptive parents. This position requires the applicant be a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in the state of Nevada.
- Conduct initial interview with adoptive families and birthparents.
- Train, support and assess readiness of prospective adoptive parents and birthparents to ensure that all appropriate legal compliance is met.
- Adhere to program standards, procedures and department budget.
- Facilitate monthly support groups.
- Provide information regarding the adoption process to prospective adoptive applicants.
- Collect fees or arrange for fee collection from applicants when due.
- Interview adoptive applicants and participate in compiling case file documentation.
- Schedule and perform the home study process under direct supervision by the Director.
- Facilitate a match with prospective birthparents considering placement and adoptive parents.
- Schedule and conduct required in-home supervision visits for each adoptive placement.
- Represent agency at finalization hearing or other court matters.
- Participate in the Adoptive Parent Education classes.
- Help to facilitate and participate in Parenting Adopted Kids (PAK) events.
- Maintain confidentiality of all client contacts, records, and case work.
- Represent agency in ethical, professional, and positive manner at all times.
- Protect all confidential information, company property and electronic data. Comply with safety rules.
- Other related duties as directed.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Must be computer literate and detail-oriented.
- Must have a strong sense of focus and must be task-oriented and non-judgmental with a clear sense of personal boundaries.
- Must have a respect for confidentiality involving both clients and employees.
- Ability to work in a variety of settings with culturally diverse groups.
- Strong knowledge of adoption related state laws, child development/behavior, family dynamics and child placement procedures.
- Experience in client interview and assessment techniques.
- Must be able to effectively handle the highly charged emotions of clients as well as personal emotions raised by the adoption process, crisis pregnancy, substance abuse and poverty.
- Working knowledge of community resources.
- Fluency in Spanish is a plus.
- Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
- Share responsibility of carrying emergency cell phone and responding as needed including after regular business hours.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and State of Nevada Licensed Social Worker (LSW) required.
- Must have a minimum of two (2) years of experience in child welfare; Adoption experience a plus
- Must be able to pass criminal and child abuse background clearances.
- Knowledge and adherence to Social Work Code of Ethics.
- Flexible schedule to work after hours and weekends, as necessary.
- Must be at least 25 years old with a valid Driver’s License with current minimum Nevada state required auto insurance.
- Must have transportation available to fulfill field assignments.
- Must have pediatric CPR certification, or obtain within 30 days upon hire.
- Time is split between office work and in-home visits. Occasional visits to hospitals, jails, prisons and other off-site locations.
- Ability to communicate with clients, co-workers and others involved in the adoption process.
- Ability to carry emergency cell phone and respond as needed after regular business hours.
- Ability to operate and use office equipment, especially copier, computer, keyboard and mouse.
- Ability to continuously sit and/or stand. Ability to walk continuously if needed and climb stairs as needed.
- Ability to operate vehicle including sitting for extended periods, and entering and exiting the vehicle.
- May occasionally lift up to 25 pounds.
Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada offers an excellent benefits package, including insurance benefits, paid time off, and retirement plan.
CCSN is a drug free and equal opportunity employer. All employees must successfully complete a drug test and background check prior to employment.