The Permanency Worker is responsible to complete SWAN (Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network) referrals. These referrals can include child services such as Child Profiles, Child Preparation and Child Specific Recruitment. Children who receive these services can have any permanency goal: Reunification, Adoption, PLC, or APPLA. The SWAN referrals also can be for the completion of PLC family profiles, Foster-Adopt Profiles, Placement (supervising an adoption placement) and Adoption finalizations. The Permanency Worker may also work with families who are interested in adopting children outside of the SWAN criteria (children 10 years old and older) and complete dual approvals for foster care with these families. There may be times the Permanency Worker will be involved with a family completing an international or private adoption.
The Permanency Worker provides case management and supportive counseling services to adoptive/pre-adoptive/PLC families and foster children in their assigned caseload. If the referral is for an adoption or PLC family profile, the Permanency Worker works toward the overall goal of permanency for each child through adoption or PLC. Workers provide orientation, family profiles and ongoing training and support groups for families. They provide matching services and supervision after the placement of a child for adoption. The worker is responsible for all documentation and paperwork necessary to complete the adoption/PLC process or in the completion of any child services that are referred. He/she will meet regularly with the Permanency Supervisor to review cases and discuss practice skills to improve case management and practice skills.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
A Bachelor’s Degree is required but a Master’s Degree is preferred, in the field of Social Work or a related field. Experience in child welfare or adoption casework is beneficial. Experience working with children and families is preferred.
The employee must be free of communicable diseases as verified by a physician's statement prior to beginning the duties of this job. The employee must be at least 21 years of age. The employee will have access to a personal car, to be used for transportation purposes during work. The employee will possess a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license (unless living in another state during the employment period), vehicle registration, car insurance, and have a safe driving record. A temporary exception regarding the PA license can be made for those who are coming from another state and require time to apply for a PA license. The employee will demonstrate safe driving skills while driving for work purposes.