LSSWis - Lutheran Social Services (LSS) of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan

Lutheran Social Services of
Wisconsin and Upper Michigan

Job Details

Post Date 2/15/2017
Req # 17-0003
Title Special Needs Adoption Social Worker
City Appleton
State WI
Location 5141 - Special Needs Adoption
Starting Pay 18.00
Shift 1st Shift
Hours per Week 40
Status Full-time

Lutheran Social Services of WI & Upper MI is currently seeking an Adoption-Birth Parent Counselor to split their time between the Special Needs Adoption Program and the Domestic/International Adoption Programs.

An Adoption and Birth Parent Worker / Counselor coordinates adoption services to birth parent(s), adoptive parents, and children, in keeping with agency policies, goals, and regulatory requirements. May perform other duties as required.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Recruitment of families
  • Assessment of families
  • Coordination and presentation of education groups
  • Audit case records
  • Ensure file and actions comply and meet COA and applicable state standards (WI or MI)
  • Provide counseling / supportive services for birth parents, families and children
  • Assist birth parent regarding placement of child and termination of parental rights, provide court testimony and reports as required
  • Supervise placement of child until legal finalization and or re-finalization
  • Facilitate face to face meetings between birth parent, adoptive family and child
  • Work with multidisciplinary teams including private and governmental organizations
  • Have working knowledge of necessary codes for particular state, licensing and statute requirements, such as DCF 50, 56, and Chapter 48, DHS Rules R400.12101 - R400.12713 Social Work Ethics, HIPPA, etc. Requirements depend on state.
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Flex Spending for Dependent & Health Care
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Paid Time Off
  • 9 Paid Holidays
  • Ability to Contribute to 403B
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Service Awards and Recognition


  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or closely related Human Services Field
  • A Master’s Degree in Social Work or counseling is preferred. 
  • A minimum of two (2) years of related experience is required. 
  • SAFE Certification preferred.


The incumbent of this position must have a valid Driver’s License and car – Motor vehicle check (MVR) will a satisfactory driving record required.

  • Must be a licensed social worker / counselor or have the ability to become licensed if required by state statute.


Ability to travel on day trips as required up to 75%.  Some overnight travel may be required.

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