Pregnancy/Birth Parent Counselor
The Pregnancy/Birth Parent Counselor must adhere to Adoptions of Indiana’s mission to identify and meet the needs of expectant/ birth families through compassionate and comprehensive adoption services, always remembering and practicing ethical guidelines, standards and high morals. This position performs a variety of duties to assist and support expectant women and birth families. The position requires the ability to work independently, be flexible, advocate for clients, and work collaboratively with other professionals serving mutual clients. This position requires staff to travel throughout the state of Indiana. Staff must adhere to agency and program confidentiality policy at all times. Structured weekly supervision is provided, in addition to as needed support. This position requires sitting, standing, walking and driving. No heavy lifting is required. Candidate must have their own reliable transportation. Reports directly to the Executive Director.
The nature of this position is part-time to full-time, depending on the caseload. Full-time and full-time-equivalent employees receive benefits including health and life insurance, retirement contributions, PTO, and CEU reimbursement. Wages are based on education and experience.
- Complete client intake and assessments.
- Provide unbiased adoption options counseling, pre/post placement counseling and support services to pregnant women, their partners and extended family.
- Communicate and collaborate with service providers in the community in order to provide the highest quality of services and communication to our mutual clients.
- Facilitate designation and openness meetings between pregnant women and prospective adoptive parents.
- Assist with consent signings as necessary for domestic adoption cases.
- Provide Court testimony as necessary for domestic adoption cases.
- Provide support to clients at the hospital.
- Facilitate birth parent support group and on-line community.
- Coordinate special events for birth families.
- Present and Facilitate educational workshops as needed to prospective adoptive parents.
- Maintain appropriate client records and other relevant documentation.
- Share on-call duties after hours and on weekends.
- Build professional relationships with referral resources.
- Attend monthly staff meetings and other meetings scheduled.
- Seek supervision regularly and as necessary per clients’ needs.
- Communication with State agencies and other organizations and institutions.
- Assist the agency in fulfilling and maintaining licensure requirements.
- Travel to client’s home as necessary to provide agency services.
- Provide education and supervision to agency interns.
- Additional services to accommodate as agency expands and needs increase.
- Contribute to team effort by accomplishing related responsibilities as needed.
- Graduate Degree in Social Work, Psychology, or Counseling from an accredited university. Must be able to obtain State licensure, if not currently licensed;
- Including, one year of training in a recognized school of social work, including supervised casework experience from an accredited university;
- With one year of experience in a child welfare agency or therapeutic setting.
- Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from an accredited university. Must be able to obtain State licensure;
- Including one year of supervised casework experience from an accredited university;
- And four years of experience in a child welfare agency or therapeutic setting;
- Or five years of supervised paid casework experience.
- Experience working with oppressed populations.
- Experience in the areas of grief & loss counseling, addiction, and crisis intervention;
- Awareness of community resources and ability to assist clients in receiving Public Assistance;
- Strong interpersonal skills with an emphasis on communication and rapport building;
- Professional, approachable, caring, articulate, motivated, reliable, collegial, and resourceful;
- Highly organized and detail oriented;
- Excellent communication skills (Written/Spoken);
- Flexibility and ability to work in a fast paced environment;
- Ability to accept supervision and work well as a team;
- Be of good character as evidenced by character references.
Based On Education And Relevant Experience $20-$24/Hr