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23 Nov 2021

Full-Time MN ADOPT HELP Program Specialist

MN ADOPT – Posted by MN ADOPT Minnesota, United States

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 and kinship families.

We do this by:
o Raising AWARENESS about the need for families for Minnesota children.
o Providing INFORMATION AND REFERRALS to those interested in becoming adoptive, foster care and kinship care families.
o Offering EDUCATION relevant to adoptive, foster and kinship families and the professionals who work with them.
o Providing individualized SUPPORT, GUIDANCE and RESOURCES to adoptive, foster and kinship families.

To learn more about our programming visit our web site at

The MN ADOPT HELP Program is adding to their HELP Specialist team. This position is a full-time, 40 hour per week contract position from January 2022 through June 30, 2022 with a possibility of becoming a regular, full-time position at the end of the contract period. Candidates from across Minnesota are encouraged to apply. Our staff in Greater Minnesota work remotely with occasional travel to our St. Paul office and staff in the Twin Cities metro area work out of our St. Paul office with the ability to work at home part-time, if desired. Most MN ADOPT staff are temporarily working remotely with no set office re-open date at this time.

This role entails:
– Providing professional guidance and support to Minnesota’s adoption, foster and kinship communities through phone and email-based communication.
– This support includes providing caregivers and professionals with psychoeducation; connection to adoption, trauma and attachment competent therapeutic services; access to free and low-cost educational offerings; and tailoring resources and community supports to help improve outcomes for children, youth and their caregivers.
– Working collaboratively with the HELP Program Manager and 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 impacted by early trauma, attachment disruptions and adoption.
– Actively engaging in ongoing program development, including outreach and marketing, that specifically addresses the HELP Program’s unique model that works to eliminate barriers to family stability.

The following factors will be considered in evaluating candidates:
1. Commitment to MN ADOPT mission and values.
2. Master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, related field, or equivalent experience.
3. Minimum of two years of direct work experience with adoptive, foster, kinship families and/or youth.
4. Professional understanding of adoption, out-of-home placement (e.g. foster care, guardianship care), trauma and attachment considerations across stages of development and family systems.
5. Knowledge of Minnesota child welfare, child protection and other human services programming and systems.
6. Demonstrated ability to provide cultural and SOGIE responsive support and resources to meet the diverse needs of the adoptive, foster and kinship families served.
7. Team-oriented with interest in taking an active role in ongoing program development, outreach and marketing.
8. Strong organizational and interpersonal communication skills (including comfort communicating with a variety of clientele, including parents and caregivers, professionals and community members).

Diversity & Inclusion
The youth, families and professionals served through MN ADOPT represent a vast array of diverse identities, abilities, lived experiences, beliefs and perspectives. As an equal opportunity employer, it is vital that our staff reflect and embrace the diversity of the communities we serve. MN ADOPT is committed to and continuously building on our ability to provide an inclusive work culture. We encourage and welcome applicants who are diverse in age, sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, financial means, educational experiences, veteran status, political perspectives and religious or spiritual beliefs.

MN ADOPT offers competitive salaries, a flexible, family-friendly work culture and prioritizes mental wellness and self-care. The high quality, compassionate, knowledgeable, and timely support we provide to the adoptive, foster and kinship communities would not be possible without our staff – and we are deeply committed to supporting the needs of our staff so they can provide the best support to the families, children and professionals we serve.

Covid-19 Consideration – MN ADOPT employees continue to primarily work remotely due to the pandemic, and we have not yet set a timeline for reopening our St. Paul office. However, employees who wish to work in the St. Paul office on a voluntary basis may do so, as long as they have provided documentation of vaccination for their personnel file. MN ADOPT will provide necessary equipment for any employee located in either the Metro or Greater Minnesota to work remotely.

This is a contracted /non-benefited position that offers $30-34/hour depending on qualifications. Interested candidates should send both a cover letter and resume to . Applications for this position will be accepted through December 17, 2021 or until position is filled.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates, please send both a cover letter and resume to

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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