Adoption Worker

  • Independent Contractor
  • Anywhere

Position: Adoption Worker
Reports to: Executive Director, Adoption Agency Program Director
Location: Serving Bend, Portland, Salem, and/or Eugene, Oregon areas
Employment Type: Independent Contractor
Salary: Contracted 

Scope of Position
Under the direction of the Executive Director and the Adoption Agency Program Director, the Adoption Worker is responsible for assisting in recruiting families interested in adopting a child or children from foster care, and serving families assigned to them through the agency. The Adoption Worker is responsible for assessing, training and providing support to families within their caseload during the entire duration of the adoption process from orientation through finalization, while ensuring compliance with agency policies and procedures, and all federal and state requirements and laws.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Compliance with any and all laws and regulations governing child placing and adoption agencies including state, federal and international laws and regulations as well as the Agency Policy.
  • Providing services so as to meet the needs of the client with the highest of professional standards of human services practice and Agency standards as specified, and per designated timelines under the direction and supervision of the Agency. Services include:
    • Initial family meeting / orientation
    • Conducting family interviews and retrieving sufficient information needed in preparation for composition of family homestudy
    • Assisting families through family/child matching process
    • Assisting families through initial placement with child/children, including creation of a transition plan and completion of required legal documents
    • Maintaining contact with family after placement and providing continual support as well as conducting monthly interviews and completing required legal documents necessary for finalization of adoption
    • Updating and renewing family homestudies when necessary
  • Submit case notes, daily/weekly, and status reports to Agency, and in person meetings, as required by the Agency and/or State regulations into the database.
  • Provide proof of a minimum of 20 hours of adoption, counseling and/or foster care training per calendar year at own expense AND of a federal, state and local criminal and child abuse background check.
  • Provide proof of education and/or experience commensurate with services to be provided.
  • Attend 1 annual training or planning meeting at no charge with the agency (not to exceed 8 hours).


  • A Bachelors or Master’s degree in social work or related field, plus two years experience with adoptions, and one-year experience working with Child Welfare adoptions, specifically.
  • An understanding and knowledge of Child Welfare policies regarding foster care and adoption, as well as ASFA, ICWA and other pertinent State and Federal statues, requirements and laws governing children in protective services.
  • An ability to work alone and under pressure, as well as part of a team.
  • Willingness to flex schedule and duties based on the needs of the project.