LIAISON for TORONTO REGION
We’re hiring for a part-time position in Toronto!
This is great job opportunity for adoptive, kin, customary care and/or foster parents 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, children’s aid societies and FNMI child and family wellbeing agencies to provide support and guidance to adoptive, kin and customary care 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!
Position: Part-time Regional Parent Liaison for Toronto
Adopt4Life–Ontario’s Adoptive Parent Association, is a community of people with lived experience of adoption, that strengthens and empowers parents to achieve permanency for children so that they reach their full potential. We believe that all adoptive, kinship and customary care parents have a right to advocacy, support and guidance throughout their lifelong journey.
What unites Adopt4Life’s Board, staff, volunteers, community parents and partners in the adoption community is a passion and commitment to make a difference for our children and all children in need of permanency. It is because of this passion and commitment and the unanimous recognition for the need for lifelong post adoption connections and support that Adopt4Life’s Parent2Parent Support Network was born. The Parent2Parent Support Network has been funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services since September 2016.
Adopt4Life is dedicated to building the capacity of adoptive parents to advocate for their children’s unique needs, through a network of support that strengthens their family and reduces the likelihood of disruption. Our pillars are advocacy, support and guidance and by doing so create a greater capacity in our province to support families formed by adoption or providing permanency.
We are committed to developing and maintaining a locally and culturally representative Parent2Parent Support Network for adoptive parents and all those providing permanency to children, offering group and individualized support for their needs. Individualized support that includes developing transition plans at various points in the adoption journey, such as at placement, to school, to a new community, through divorce, or the addition of a new sibling, or advocacy with CAS, school, community service providers, or medical and mental health services. Importantly, Adopt4Life works closely with local Ontario Children’s Aid Societies and Family Well Being agencies, the Ministry of Children & Youth Services, the Ontario Child Advocate, the Office of the Children’s Lawyer, and other adoption affiliated and partner organizations to provide additional resources and adoption education programs to link families with needed connections and resources, helping them along their journey so their children can reach their full potential.
Reports to: Team Lead for Toronto and Central regions
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, kinship or customary care parenting 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 diverse and culturally appropriate resources and service providers within the Toronto region to support families on their parenting journey. As well, recognizing the disproportionate number of racialized and LGBTQ2S+ children and youth in child welfare in Toronto, connection to the Black, FNMI or LGBTQ2S+ communities in Toronto will be considered an asset.
Hours: 15 hours / week
Benefits: n/a at this time
Start Date: July 3, 2018 desired
Closing date: June 27th at 11:59PM
- Building Collaborative Relationships
- Planning and Organizing
- Empowering and Developing Others
- Stress Management
- 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 Societies and Family Wellbeing Agencies
- Providing support to parents who have adopted or are awaiting adoption as well as kinship and customary care families
- Advocating alongside parents with schools, service providers, local CAS, other or empowering families with the tools to self-advocate
- Maintaining records of activities and support provided on a regular basis in an organizational database
- Helping families locate services, such as therapists, medical professionals, tutors, and respite providers, for emotional and/or professional support
- Referring families to the Ontario Child Advocate, Adoption Council of Ontario PASS, and other adoption affiliated or partner organizations when they are experiencing high levels 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 meetings
- Providing support to existing local support groups
- Representing Adopt4Life at local adoption related events, including local Regional ARE
- Plan and coordinate a variety of education, outreach and public awareness efforts; this may include identifying potential guest speakers for events, hosting webinars and/or presenting on Adopt4Life to local agencies and organizations
- Organizing or collaborating in holding social or fundraising events
- Promote and develop community partnerships and networks with adoption workers, public and private adoption agencies, and family wellbeing agencies, adoption practitioners and licensees, mental health service providers, public health, child development agencies and medical professionals
- Ability to navigate the public adoption system
- Knowledgeable of CAS adoption and Family Wellbeing protection 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
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, kinship or customary care parent or touched by adoption in another significant way
- Lived experience sourcing, navigating, and advocating for support services and therapies to meet adoptive children’s needs throughout their ages and stages
- Ability to promote the program and develop community partnerships and networks within the region
- Experience and/or knowledge related to FASD, developmental trauma and/or attachment disorders, and/or supporting families with children of FNMI heritage considered an asset
- Ability to participate 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 fluency in French an asset
- 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 and some experience/knowledge with remote technology applications
- Passion, Integrity and Energy
- 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.
Submit your application online via the following email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Application closing date: June 24that 11:59PM
Start Date: July 3, 2018 is desired
Note: Adopt4Life is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Strongly encouraged to apply are qualified candidates from minority groups, especially people who identify as Black, First Nations, Metis or Inuit, and/or LGBTQ2S+. Preference may be given to qualified candidates who have lived experience in adoption, kinship, customary care and/or foster care.
Accommodation will be provided at all stages of the hiring process, as required by Adopt4Life Accessibility Policies. Applicants must make their needs known in advance.