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Adoption Resource Consultant

November 13, 2017

Adoption Resource Consultant (ARC) Services

Worker - Masters Level

Working Title: Adoption Resource Consultant

Reports To: Adoption Resource Consultant Supervisor

FLSA (Non Exempt/Salary)

Summary of Position

The Adoption Resource Consultant’s (ARC) primary responsibilities are to coordinate the strength-based, child-specific adoption recruitment (or another permanency goal as assigned) of children in the foster care system waiting for permanency. The ARC also serves as a liaison for the recruitment team consisting of DHHS monitors, private agency workers, community organizations, birth and kin connections of the youth, potential adoptive families, and other interested and appropriate parties involved in the recruitment of the child.

Additionally, the Adoption Resource Consultant will:

  • Engage the assigned youth in his or her permanency planning.

  • Assess the child’s attitude toward adoption and permanency to help develop, review, amend, and approve Individualized Adoption Plans (IAP) or Individualized Permanency Plans (IPP) and identify the responsible person to complete each activity and the timeline for completion.

  • Hold an initial case review meeting and subsequent follow-up meetings at least every 30 days.

  • Refer appropriate cases to Extreme Recruitment services.

  • Provide services to eligible youth when adoption is not the appropriate federal goal, and develop, review, and amend an Individualized Permanency Plan to identify specific activities leading to permanency other than adoption.


  • Organizational skills, including attention to detail.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking.

  • Ability to work in a collaborative manner with government institutions, private agencies, community organizations, social networks and stakeholders.

  • Ability to convey enthusiasm and lead people around a project.

  • Ability to effectively run meetings, including efficient use of an agenda, remaining focused, and encouraging participation.

  • Ability to work as a team player.

  • Ability to deal effectively with conflict, and remain calm and respectful in dealing with differences in perspectives/opinions.

  • Ability to meet deadlines for deliverables and reporting requirements.

  • Computer literate. Able to work in Microsoft Office, Word and Excel.

  • Cultural competence and the ability to work with individuals from a variety of racial/ethnic backgrounds.


  • A Master’s Degree in the human services area is required, social work preferred.

  • Demonstrated expertise in developing permanent lifelong connections for children in foster care, the adoption process and recruitment of adoptive parents.

  • Prior experience working in child welfare, preferably adoption and/or foster care programs.

  • Knowledge of the Michigan foster care system, the adoption process, the child welfare system and DHS adoption processes.

  • The ability to facilitate difficult conversations in which participants have strongly different options or perspectives.

  • Experience in developing training curricula and training sessions.

  • A valid Michigan driver’s license, with appropriate insurance and ability to travel as needed.

  • The ability to pass background checks, Central Registry screening and drug screen.


  • Non-traditional work hours in the office and travel to required meetings around the southern portion of the state.

  • 24/7/365 availability.

  • Includes driving own vehicle, own insurance with mileage reimbursement.

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