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1 Jun 2020

Full-Time HELP Program Specialist

MN ADOPT – Posted by MN ADOPT Anywhere

Job Description

MN ADOPT Job Posting: HELP Program Specialist


MN ADOPT was founded in 1980 with the primary goal of finding homes for Minnesota children in foster care.  Today, our mission is to find and strengthen Minnesota adoptive, foster care and kinship families.


We do this by:

  • Raising AWARENESS about the need for families for Minnesota children
  • Providing INFORMATION AND REFERRAL to those interested in becoming adoptive, foster care, and kinship care families.
  • Offering EDUCATION relevant to adoptive, foster and kinship families and the professionals that work with them.
  • Providing individualized SUPPORT, GUIDANCE and RESOURCES to foster, adoptive and kinship families.


To learn more about our programming visit our web site at



MN ADOPT is currently hiring another HELP Program Specialist.  This position is Full-Time, 40-hour per week position, although .8 FTE (32-hour per week) may be considered for the right candidate). This role entails the following:


  • Providing phone and email based support to the Minnesota adoption, foster, and kinship community through professional guidance and support, including linking callers to tailored resources in order to increase the likelihood that children and youth, as well as their caregivers and families as a whole, will succeed and thrive.
  • Actively engaging in ongoing program development, including outreach and marketing of a nationally unique program model that works to eliminate barriers to family stability.
  • Working closely with Program Manager and collaboratively with teammates, other MN ADOPT programs, outside organizations, county systems and mental health professionals.
  • Providing community education in a variety of settings regarding the needs of those touched by complex trauma, attachment disruptions, out of home placement and adoption.



The following factors will be considered in evaluating candidates:


  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling or related field, or equivalent experience.
  • of two years of direct social work experience with foster, kinship and adoptive families and children.
  • Professional understanding of out-of-home placement, adoption, trauma and attachment considerations across stages of development and family systems.
  • Knowledge of Minnesota’s child welfare, children’s mental health and other human services programming and systems.
  • Team oriented with interest in taking an active role in ongoing program development, outreach, and marketing.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills (including comfort communicating with a variety of clientele, including caregivers, professionals, and community members).

MN ADOPT is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and values and celebrates diversity, including differences in sex, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, range of abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, financial means, education, veteran status and political perspective. These beliefs apply to MN ADOPT’s programming and hiring practices and are important foundational approaches to our organization.

How to Apply

MN ADOPT offers competitive salaries and benefits, a friendly, flexible work culture, and high standards.  Interested candidates should send both a cover letter and resume to Heather Van Brunt, HELP Program Manager, at Applications for this position will be accepted through June 16, 2020 or until position is filled.

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: Not Disclosed.

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