The job of an Adoption Case Manager involves overseeing the activities of social service workers, which include arranging adoption procedures and finding foster homes for abused or abandoned children.
Education/Experience Requirements A successful candidate must possess at least a bachelor’s degree in social service fields, such as psychology, sociology, social work, or other similar discipline, plus at least two years of hands-on experience as an adoption case worker. Adoption case managers require certification, licensure or registration, but this will depend on the location of work.
Skills Proven skills in interviewing children and adolescents; solid negotiation, brokering and collaboration skills; effective case evaluation and monitoring, excellent research skills, superb written and verbal communication skills; ability to act as a spokesperson on behalf of a child or a family; and advanced knowledge in family codes and adoption laws, among others.
Specific work elements Interviewing clients and assessing their capabilities, problems and situations to determine the services required; providing comprehensive adoption services to families; counseling individuals regarding issues of physical abuse, mental health, unemployment, poverty and other problems; maintaining case history records and preparing detailed reports; helping in the recruitment, assessment and licensing of adoptive families, among others.