AdoptionWorks Family Development Specialist - ChristianWorks
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Position: AdoptionWorks Family Development Specialist

Reports To: Director of AdoptionWorks

Hours: Full Time

Classification:  Salary Exempt

Date: January 2024


ChristianWorks is looking to partner with a FT AdoptionWorks Family Development Specialist for the Dallas, TX. location. Location is: 5440 Harvest Hill, Ste 140, Dallas, TX 75230.

Why ChristianWorks for Children

ChristianWorks for Children helps children and families meet life’s toughest challenges. If the family is the foundation of our society, then building healthy homes and families should be a top priority for us all.

With its foundation deeply rooted in Christian principles, the purpose of ChristianWorks for Children is to help children and their families meet and overcome even the most difficult challenges in their lives. We strive to facilitate the building of a healthy, loving family for every child we meet.

We are a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit serving clients of various ages and backgrounds in the Dallas/Ft Worth area. We offer several different programs including CounselingWorks: Traditional and Christian Counseling in English and Spanish for children and adults, Becoming Mom services & counseling for expectant moms through 36 months, AdoptionWorks and Post Adoption services for the triad, KidWorks: counseling and group therapy for children of divorce, GriefWorks: counseling and group therapy for children and their parent(s) who have lost loved ones, JustFamily: counseling and group therapy for blended families and CampSunrise: grief camp for children that have lost a loved one. Please check out our website at www.christian-works,org for more information.



The AdoptionWorks Family Development Specialist (FDS) will act as a representative of the AdoptionWorks team in the community and to clients. The Family Development Specialist provides case management services to the prospective adoptive families, to include post placement supervision and finalization preparation for an adoption. The Family Development Specialist will also assist the Maternity Support Specialist by collaborating on matching expectant families with prospective adoptive families. Finally, the FDS will also act as the coordinator of the Post Adoption Support Group for children and their families by assisting the AdoptionWorks Director in administrative duties for the group. The FDS responsibilities listed below are included in this job description. All activities of the Family Development Specialist will be conducted in a manner as a representative of Jesus Christ to our clients and community.



ChristianWorks for Children offers a competitive salary. Benefits offered for FT employees.

Free supervision included for Associates while employed with ChristianWorks for children. Valued between $4,800 and $6,000 a year.

Ample opportunity to achieve hours in order to become fully licensed

Ability to work with a diverse clientele for experience with children, couples, pregnant moms in individual and group settings.

Opportunity to be part of a team of passionate people in a great working environment.


Job Description and Responsibilities

  • This position is assigned to adoption services only relating to adoptive families and hopeful adoptive families.
  • Casework and case management, including client intake, assessment, and support services for post adoption clients in assisting with searches and reunions. This duty will be shared with the AW Maternity Support Specialist.
  • Determination of admission of a child into an adoptive home.
  • Completion of evaluations, updates and service plans by collaborating with the AdoptionWorks Maternity Support Specialist.
  • Completion of orientation, assessment, and approval of adoptive families.
  • Casework in all areas of adoption including monitoring pre-adoptive families and families in post placement supervision (caseload of no more than 7-10 families at a time).
  • To participate in program development, outreach/public relations, client education and training in order to perform special tasks as assigned by the AdoptionWorks Director or Executive Director.
  • To obtain the required 30 hours training for first year and 20 hours training for subsequent years.
  • Provide counseling services through the CounselingWorks program, if applicable.
  • Serves as the Program Coordinator for the AdoptionWorks support groups. Group meets one evening a week for 8 weeks. Three sessions of group per year.
  • Development and on-going revisions of the curriculum for AdoptionWorks as needed.
  • Provide on-going communication (including phone calls, emails, and in-office correspondence) and assistance to Director, Post Adoption Support Groups regarding needs of groups in a timely manner.
  • Coordinates & manages all AdoptionWorks volunteers & facilitators.
  • Responsible for conducting and/or appointing responsible persons to conduct the pre-meeting & post-meeting sessions for each AdoptionWorks session.
  • Assists in the development & training of volunteers & facilitators as needed.


  1. A master’s degree in social work or a human services field from an accredited college or university and at least two years of supervised child-placing experience (Preferred).
  2. LPC-Associate, LMFT-Associate, or LMSW / LCSW preferred.
  3. Professional experience in working with trauma and attachment preferred
  4. Qualification as Child Placement Management Staff preferred
  5. Experience in public speaking
  6. Strong organizational, documentation, written and verbal communication, and administrative skills
  7. Ability to have a flexible schedule as some child placing duties occur outside of normal working business hours.
  8. Full working knowledge of DFPS Minimum Standards for Child Placing Agencies and Chapter 162 of the Texas Family Code


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Job Overview

Date Posted

January 17, 2024



Job Type

Full Time
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