Great Job Opportunity for Adoptive Parents, Individuals Providing Permanency, or Those Touched by Adoption, who have experience with advocating for supports for their children and providing peer support in their community.

Are you interested in working in a professional capacity to partner with families, service providers, and child welfare agencies to provide support and guidance to adoptive parents on their lifelong journey parenting their children? Are you passionate about family engagement and the role that families have in contributing to systems that are built collaboratively? Do you have a strong relationship building capacity and a keen interest in ensuring permanency to children and the needed supports to their parents, reducing isolation and normalizing the adoption experience? Adopt4Life is looking for you!

Positions: Regional Parent Liaisons for Ottawa

Reports to: Executive Director (Program Manager)

Position Summary: The Parent2Parent Support network program is a peer based model therefore we are looking for a dynamic, self-motivated individual with experience with adoption or providing permanency and advocating for access to services to meet their children’s unique needs. The individual will be interested in working collaboratively with families and system partners to build a network of resources and service providers within their region to support families on their parenting journey.  

Hours: All positions are part time with flex hours. Ottawa at 20 hours/week

Benefits: n/a at this time

Expected Start Date: February 15, 2017

Core Competencies:

  • Building Collaborative Relationships
  • Communications
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Empowering Others
  • Developing Others
  • Stress Management
  • Self-care
  • Initiative
  • Team Work
  • Problem Solving
  • Self Confidence
  • Accountability and Dependability
  • Ethics and Integrity

Job Duties and Key responsibilities include:

  • Developing and maintaining a collaborative relationship with staff from local Children’s Aid Society
  • Providing support to parents who have adopted or are awaiting adoption
  • Advocating alongside parents with schools, service providers, local CAS, other or empowering families with the tools to self-advocate
  • Maintaining records on a regular basis in an organizational database of activities and support provided
  • Helping families locate services such as therapists, medical professionals, tutors, and respite providers, for emotional and/or professional support
  • Referring families to the Adoption Council of Ontario, Provincial Advocate, or other adoption affiliated organizations when they are experiencing high level of stress or are in crisis
  • Attending weekly case conference meetings remotely
  • Working cooperatively with team members including consulting with one another
  • Ongoing professional development to ensure a strong understanding of issues faced by adoptive families
  • Facilitating monthly parent support group
  • Providing support to existing local support groups
  • Representing Adopt4Life at local adoption related events, including local Regional ARE
  • Organizing or facilitating local educational events for members and adoption community, including running workshops and doing speaking and training engagements
  • Organizing or collaborating in fundraising events such as Fun Walk, Adopt Walk, etc., where possible

Job Specifics:

  • Ability to navigate the public adoption system
  • Knowledgeable of CAS adoption process
  • Knowledge of local and regional resources, including doctors, therapists, mental health services, programs for children and youth, community services, etc., ideally with demonstrated adoption competencies
  • Commitment to continuous learning including attendance at mandatory training

Requirements: Successful candidates will have:

  • Post-secondary education in Social Work, Psychology, Education, or the equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Lived experience as an adoptive parent or touched by adoption in another significant way
  • Lived experience sourcing, navigating, and advocating for support services and therapies in Ontario to meet adoptive children’s needs throughout their ages and stages
  • Demonstrated experience participating in stakeholder groups/consultations
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to build relationships with a wide range of stakeholders including service providers, organizational leaders, and families
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal in English and fluent in French for specific regions
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate group discussions
  • Ability to work independently and with minimum supervision as well as part of a team
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to ongoing learning
  • Ability to use sound judgment and sensitivity (including cultural sensitivity)
  • Ability to abide by standards of self-care
  • Proficient with computers
  • Passion, Integrity and Energy

Working Conditions:

  • Interacts with families, volunteers, staff, community, government and government funded agencies
  • Manual dexterity required to be able to use desktop computer and peripherals
  • Intermittent physical activity including walking, standing, sitting, and driving
  • Travel required within local CAS region with some travel outside for training or occasional staff meetings
  • Stressful at times when multiple families are in need of support
  • Overtime only as authorized

Recruitment and Selection Process:
Please note that only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.
In order to be considered for any of these RPL position locations, you must include a cover letter, current resume, and three work and/or volunteer references including one from your most recent employer with your application.
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