EVOLVE Family Services is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit whose core vision is a world where everyone has nurturing, permanent, and supportive familial relationships. We accomplish this by providing a full breadth of inclusive ethical programing in adoption, foster care, pregnancy support, youth services, therapeutic support and education. With 30 highly dedicated, experienced staff, EVOLVE serves all of Minnesota and western Wisconsin through a child-focused lens. EVOLVE works within and alongside the child welfare system. Our programming recognizes the disparities caused by structural oppression and systemic inequities and works to address and combat these. Our programs are supported through individual and corporate gifts, grants, earned revenue, special events, and United Way funds.
At EVOLVE, we believe in the power of family and work to strengthen connections and relationships in all of the child-focused services we provide. EVOLVE works to support and preserve families in crisis and engages in transparent, ethical adoption and foster care practices. We understand that each situation is unique, personal, and significant, and we treat it as such. EVOLVE is committed to practicing as an antiracist and anti-oppressive organization. We welcome and are committed to serving all individuals and families, regardless of race, religion, age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or marital status. Our staff is dedicated to helping families throughout their process, supporting them in their transitions, and giving them tools to thrive as a family.
EVOLVE is defined by its core values. We are…
· Child-focused: In all we do, we consider the lifelong impact on a child.
· Collaborative: Working together, we are stronger.
· Inclusive: The unique strength, voice and experiences of every individual are valued.
· Joyful: Passionate, fun and hope-filled people can change the world.
· Pioneering: Innovation and continued learning are crucial.
· Transparent: Without comprising the truth, we are honest and respectful.
Our agency has developed a comprehensive set of employee benefit programs to supplement regular wages, which include:
· 20 days of PTO in 1st year, increasing annually up to 240 hours per year after 10 years of service
· 12 paid holidays and flexible work schedule
· Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Health Savings Account (HSA) options
· Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance options for employees, with family coverage available
· Life Insurance Benefit up to $50,000
· Short-term and long-term disability insurance
· $1,500 adoption benefit
· Parental, Jury, Voting, Military, and Bereavement Leave
· Investment options
While temporarily virtually based due to the pandemic, this position is based primarily out of our West Saint Paul office. This position is a combination of two programs; completing a social medical history documents and foster care licensing. The social medical writing portion of this position works directly with County Workers, foster providers, birth-parents, and other service providers to develop a comprehensive social medical history, in which youth and children in care can access when they turn 19 years old. In this role this person would develop close relationships with County Workers and will gather collateral information from various sources, in order to best present a child holistically through writing. Through writing and leading to ensure quality and thorough social medical histories, this position plays an important role in the child welfare process.
The responsibilities of this position include:
· Review records received by the county, including medical, placement history, mental health, immunization, and other records.
· Conduct interviews with birth-parents, relatives/kin, foster providers and other service providers.
· With gathered information, complete a thorough and accurate social medical history within the designated time frame and within the proper template.
· Send social medical history to the identified review team.
· Participate and provide clear and comprehensive feedback in social medical history reviews, if/when another team member is completing a social medical history
· Redact all records.
· Send all required DHS documents and redacted records to the County for review and finalization
· Monitor progress of all social medical histories, including check ins with workers, reviewing case notes, and addressing and reporting any barriers, concerns or delays in process with management and county workers.
· Participate and lead program processes and procedural developments to improve quality and efficiency.
The Foster Care Family Worker portion of the position works directly with relative families and families hoping to be a resource for non-relative children through out-of-home placement. The responsibilities of this position include:
· Assess families’ appropriateness for foster care licensure, based on DHS statutory requirements and EVOLVE Family Services requirements.
· Provide ongoing support and resources to families, during the licensure process and throughout the duration of placement.
· Facilitate discussion and education around identity development, foster care related issues, parenting children who have experienced trauma, transracial parenting, etc.
The Family Worker supports both the youth in care and the family, primarily through support to the caregiver(s). Through supporting the family within the child welfare team, licensure process, and post placement; Family Worker’s educate, support, and provide resources that support the family in a way that allows them to better care for and support the youth in their care.
Our foster care program is focused on recruiting and serving families who reflect the children in care who are primarily children of color; as well as licensing relative or kinship families to secure familial relations for children in the child protection system. The worker in this position must be committed to this focused effort.
Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree in human development, social work and/or human service-related field preferred, other bachelor’s degrees will be considered based on experience. Must possess skills and understanding working cross culturally. Experience in foster care, child welfare, and/or related work required. Must be committed to anti-racist and anti-oppressive work as a member of the organization and as an individual. Position requires strong written communication and writing skills. Must be able to work individually and as part of a team. Attention to detail and strong interpersonal skills are also important for success within this role.
For a full job description and application for employment go to www.evolveservices.org/employment
How To Apply:
To be considered as an applicant, you must submit a resume and complete an application. Please find our application on our website (http://evolveservices.org/employment) and submit to email@example.com. EVOLVE Family Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the agency, in recognition of the essential rights of all children and individuals, to provide agency services and employ staff without regard to race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, union or political affiliation, religion, national origin, citizenship status, age, marital status, disability, or reliance on public assistance except where a bonafide qualification exists. People of color and individuals of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.