Social Worker I/ii – Adoptions Specialist

Butte County
34.99 per per week $54,308 - $80,392 Per year CA Butte County Employment & Social Services, 7204 Skyway, Paradise, CA 95969, United States Apply before 5/26/2024 11:59



Under general supervision, performs specialized social services casework involving, or at-risk children or; conducts social studies and develop service plans which may include the need for specialized social services; provides information about available adoption services and resources and may arrange referral of clients to appropriate departmental or community resources; performs other duties as assigned.


Receives general supervision from assigned supervisory or management personnel. Exercises no direct supervision over staff.


Social Worker I - Adoptions : This is the entry-level classification in the Adoptions Social Worker series. Initially under close supervision, incumbents learn and provide advanced social services casework in the area of adoptions, requiring coordination with county welfare departments, public and private social services, adoption agencies, public and private attorneys, judges, and other representatives of the court system. As experience is gained, assignments become more varied and complex; close supervision and frequent review of work lessen as an incumbent demonstrates skill to perform the work independently. Positions at this level usually perform most of the duties required of the positions as the Social Worker II - Adoptions but are not expected to function at the same skill level and usually exercise less independent discretion and judgment in matters related to work procedures and methods. Work is usually supervised while in progress and fits an established structure or pattern. Exceptions or changes in procedures are explained in detail as they arise.

Social Worker II - Adoptions: This is the journey-level classification in the Social Worker Adoptions series. Positions at this level exercise judgment and initiative in their assigned tasks and handle more difficult, sensitive and specialized cases and decisions are made where consequence of error may be significant. This class requires advanced casework skills, a high degree of program knowledge, judgement, and creativity. Positions in this class may be assigned to Children’s Services and are expected to manage caseloads involving physically, sexually, and emotionally abused and/or neglected children.

Positions in the Social Worker - Adoptions class series are flexibly staffed; positions at the II-level may be filled by advancement from the I-level; progression to the II-level is dependent on (i) management affirmation that the position is performing the full range of duties assigned to the classification; (ii) satisfactory work performance; (iii) the incumbent meeting the minimum qualifications for the classification including any licenses and certifications; and (iv) management approval for progression to the II-level. This is an advanced level classification in the Social Worker series 

Essential Job Functions


Typical functions may include any of the following tasks, knowledge, abilities, and other characteristics.  The list that follows is not intended as a comprehensive list; it is intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed, and may be required to perform additional, position-specific tasks.

  • Conducts case studies providing recommendations for Adoption or Guardianship when appropriate.
  • Responds to adoption inquiries; enrolls adoptive parents in adoptive services; determines child’s legal eligibility for adoption.
  • Assesses the physical, social, emotional, and economic factors present in prospective adoptive families, and suitability of children for families.
  • Makes decisions and prepare full factual reports to the court with recommendations for or against granting petitions for adoption and recommend alternate plans when needed.
  • Prepares appropriate case records including narrative recordings and supporting documentation as required by statutes.
  • Reports to the court with recommendations regarding permanent plans for children, court actions to terminate parental right, guardianship petitions, existence of parental relationships, necessity for parental consent and withdrawals of consents.
  • Conducts placement studies required under the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children.
  • Informs birth parent(s) of their alternative prior to relinquishing children for adoption or consenting to the adoption and determine the readiness and capability of the birth parent(s) to relinquish or give consent.
  • Provides consultative services to other public and private social services regarding adoption planning on other cases.
  • Conducts investigations of child abuse recorded at the Child Abuse Registry for prospective adoptive parents; and conducts set-aside investigations and report to the court.
  • Participates in pre-planning to identify foster homes to meet the permanency needs of children.
  • Inspects home environment for the overall growth and development of the child.
  • Counsels, trains, and supervises foster families in meeting children’s needs for permanency.
  • Maintains regular contact with the foster families, children and the biological parents to monitor the progress of the child and family through the entire process.
  • Prepares evaluation and progression reports and provides suggestions, recommendations or treatment as required.
  • Adheres strictly to the state and federal laws when dealing with any issue related to child care.
  • Interacts with families and individuals to assess their requirements, and find social services programs that would assist them.
  • Adheres to the standards of the Privacy Act of 1974, {U.S.C. § 552A} as amended; maintains and enforces all aspects of confidentiality of client information.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • State and Federal rules, regulations, and laws relating to adoptions in California; principles, practices, and techniques used in the administration of adoptions programs.
  • Casework theory and practice, child psychology and principles of individual and group behavior.
  • Child welfare casework objectives; socioeconomic factors which promote stable family security.
  • Casework techniques in working with special needs children who experience adverse parental background.
  • Crisis intervention techniques in the provision of post adoption services.
  • Functions and services provided by a public social service agency including community resources.
  • Principles of human nature, growth, and development.
  • County social service program laws, policies, and procedures.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and County staff.
  • The structure and content of the English language, including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar.
  • Modern equipment and communication tools used for business functions and program, project, and task coordination, including computers and software programs relevant to work performed.

Ability To:

  • Work with local county welfare departments in assessing the adoption potential of children within the child welfare system.
  • Develop and maintain effective interpersonal relationships while working with county welfare departments, other public and private social services and adoption agencies, public and private attorneys, judges, and other representatives of the court system.
  • Conduct orientation meetings with the public.
  • Coordinate multiple community resources to serve client needs; assessing and evaluating social problems; determine eligibility for program services; provide outreach, advocacy services and make recommendations according to observations and interviews.
  • Utilize program specific case management system.
  • Analyze situations and adopt effective course of action.
  • Utilize effective interpersonal and organizational communication skills including the dissemination of information to appropriate parties; listen attentively and respond appropriately and timely.
  • Understand, interpret, and apply all pertinent laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures and standards relevant to work performed.
  • Demonstrate initiative through anticipation of operations needs and problems and acting appropriately.
  • Effectively represent the department and the County in meetings with governmental agencies; community groups; various business, professional and regulatory organizations; and in meetings with individuals.
  • Independently organize work, set priorities, meet critical deadlines and follow-up on assignments.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence and independent judgment within general policy and procedural guidelines
  • Effectively use computer systems, software applications relevant to work performed and modern business equipment to perform a variety of work tasks.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, using appropriate English grammar and syntax.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience:

Master’s degree in Social Work; and

Social Worker I – Adoptions:  Upcoming graduates may supply a letter from their attending university stating impending graduation date of their degree program and verification of credits needed for graduation, which will allow placement on list of eligibles.  Actual hiring of position will not occur until after graduation date.

Social Worker I - Adoptions:  One (1) year experience in Social Work or Behavioral Science providing direct client services. 

Social Worker II - Adoptions:  Three (3) years experience in Social Work or Behavioral Science providing direct client services. 

 Certifications and Licenses:

  • Must possess a valid US driver’s license upon date of application. Must obtain California driver’s license following hire date per California DMV regulations.

Environmental Factors and Conditions/Physical Requirements


  • Mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; primarily a sedentary office classification although standing in work areas and walking between work areas may be required; occasionally bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information; ability to lift, carry, push and pull materials and objects up to 40 pounds.
  • Vision to read printed materials and a computer screen. 
  • Hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone. 
  • Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate standard office equipment.