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Adoption Support & Preservation Caseworker

The Baby Fold

Job description

The Baby Fold is a leader in trauma-informed practices, employing the most effective treatment plans in every facet of our work. We focus on the physical and emotional safety of our families first, build on their strengths, and then guide them with skill and compassion to be their best selves. Our expert staff create a personal plan for each family to address their current situation and lead them to independent success in the future.

Families participate in our Adoption Support and Preservation Program on a voluntary basis. Services are offered to families formed through DCFS adoption, subsidized guardianship; private domestic adoptions, foreign adoption or out of state adoption.

Now accepting applications for ASAP Caseworker opportunities in our Normal and Urbana, IL locations.  2+ years of casework experience strongly preferred.

Benefits would include medical, dental, vision, tuition reimbursement, 403B retirement matching plan, unique opportunities for high levels of professional training, meaningful work, collaborative team culture, discounted health club memberships, paid vacation, sick and personal time, and paid agency holidays.

WORK SCHEDULE: 37.5 hours/week, includes evening and weekend hours and other hours as required to fulfill the responsibilities of the position.

BASIC FUNCTIONS: The ASAP Caseworker is responsible for assessing and providing voluntary services to Central Illinois families formed through adoption and subsidized guardianship. Services include in-home assessments, crisis and other counseling interventions, education, training, support groups, respite, advocacy and referrals to community services.  Demonstrates an ability to apply trauma-informed principles and integrates them into daily practice.  Communicates effectively and promotes collaborative problem solving by demonstrating care and respect in considering the diverse experiences and perspectives of others.


Assessment: Conducts family and individual assessments of strengths and needs that are compliant with both ASAP procedures, DCFS, and COA.

Service/Treatment Planning: With the input of client families, plans services and treatments that will strengthen and support the families and focus child(ren). All Individualized Treatment Plans must be ASAP, DCFS, and COA compliant.

Mentoring, Advocating, Supporting, and Educating: In accordance with the service goals, provides mentoring, advocacy, support, and education that will protect children, preserve families and enhance the mental health of children and families alike.

Counseling Interventions: Provides appropriate counseling interventions that will support the focus child(ren) and their families to enhance their overall level of functioning. Assumes responsibility for on-call duties as assigned.

Record keeping: Documentation must meet agency, DCFS and COA requirements for timeliness, completeness and accuracy.

Community Relations: Represents the agency in a positive light to active and potential clients, referral and funding sources, and the general public. Utilizes community contacts to advocate for clients and to promote child and family well-being.

 Legal and Ethical Responsibilities: Complies with all pertinent state and federal laws, DCFS Rules and Procedures, COA standards, HIPAA privacy law and Code of Ethics for Child Welfare Professionals.

Professional Development: Enhances professional competence through ongoing awareness of developments in the field of post adoption. Must complete the National Training Initiative Training within three months of hire and participate in all mandatory DCFS trainings. Assists with the training, supervision and evaluation of student interns and new staff, as assigned.

Quality Improvement: Contributes to quality improvement through active participation in Quality Improvement/ Utilization Review activities.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field required.
  2. 2+ years of casework experience strongly preferred.
  3. Knowledge of and skills necessary to apply the principles of child welfare and trauma-informed practice to specific cases.
  4. Knowledge of human behavior and individual differences in ability, personality, interests, learning and motivation.
  5. Ability to establish rapport, communicate effectively, maintain consistency and boundaries with and effectively motivate various client populations.
  6. Willingness to work evening and weekend hours when necessary to meet the needs of the agency and children and families that we serve.
  7. Demonstrated competence in serving a culturally diverse population. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a diverse workforce.
  8. Physical ability to maintain the safety and well-being of children for whom there is responsibility.
  9. Must pass drug screen and necessary background checks.
  10. Must travel for job responsibilities, including long distance driving, the ability to enter the homes of families in the service area, a valid driver’s license that has not been revoked or suspended within the past three years, and use of a personal vehicle with adequate insurance.
  11. Ability to communicate effectively with client population.
  12. Ability to work cooperatively with staff within The Baby Fold, as well as with necessary collateral contacts.
  13. Mission oriented and willing to apply The Baby Fold’s standards and beliefs to the performance of job duties.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, see, or hear.  The employee is frequently required to sit and drive long distance. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; drive for several hours, use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, or crouch.  Must have hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate a computer keyboard and basic office equipment. The employee must sometimes lift and/or carry small children, records and/or other items up to 50 pounds.  Must have the physical ability to enter homes and other work-related environments that are not handicap accessible.

Travel in assigned geographic area up to 50% of the work day is required in executing essential job junctions and responsibilities.  Employees must provide their own transportation for local travel and will be reimbursed for mileage.  Agency provided vehicles are available for longer travel distances.  Maintenance of a valid Illinois driver’s license, an acceptable driving record as defined by agency policy, and vehicle insurance as required by agency policy are all continuing conditions of employment.

Vision and hearing requirements: Close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus; visually and auditorially assess a child’s well-being and provide auditory assessments of the mental and emotional condition of a child; visually assess the safety and condition of home environments; and communicate effectively with, staff, clients, and others in person, by telephone, and in writing.

Cognitive abilities: Employees must be able to use deductive reasoning to apply general rules to specific problems; demonstrate problem sensitivity to tell when something is wrong or likely to go wrong; demonstrate Social perceptiveness by being aware of others’ reactions and why they act as they do; and use self-awareness to be aware of one’s feelings and behaviors.  Similarly, employees must be able to apply this reasoning and understanding when writing reports and complete those reports within the acceptable timelines given within the Adoption Support and Preservation (ASAP) contract.

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