Adoption Home Study Social Worker (Coordinator)

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary commensurate with experience




410 East 92nd Street
Third Floor
New York
United States


Reports to: Director, Permanency & Client Services


Department: Permanency & Client Services                             


Primary Purpose

The Adoption Home Study Social Worker is responsible for conducting domestic and international home study assessments for prospective adoptive parents. This candidate will conduct parent training for prospective adoptive parents. Following the placement of a child(ren) into a family, the Adoption Home Study Social Worker conducts post-placement/post-adoption supervision.

The ideal candidate has experience in child development and family systems and is able to use clinical judgement to assess family functioning. The ideal candidate is someone who can communicate assertively but compassionately; talk to, engage, and educate a diverse population of pre-adoptive parents; and who absorbs information quickly and thoroughly.

The individual must be comfortable driving and using mass transit within the tristate area, and flexible when necessary in scheduling weekend and evening appointments. 


Key Performance Indicators

  • Child-centered assessment of pre-adoptive parents with the ability to prepare pre-adoptive families on open adoption, transracial parenting, adoptive identity, and the impact of institutionalization, trauma, loss, and grief.
  • Ability to identify normative vs. atypical post-placement adjustment of child and family, and ability to teach families tools to promote optimal child development and attachment.
  • Facilitate programming, workshops, trainings, and presentations on adoption and development.
  • Ability to identify themes or patterns in the families we work with in order to suggest new groups, trainings or other offerings to better support our families.   
  • Perform any other department or agency-related duties or special projects as directed by supervisor, including but not limited to, conference attendance, presentations, workshops, support group facilitation, and trainings.


Education & Experience

  • Master’s degree in Social Work, with licensing in New York or New Jersey (LMSW, LSW, LCSW).
  • 1-3 years’ relevant experience preferred (home study, family assessment and parent preparation or related areas).
  • Foster care/adoption background preferred.
  • Spanish speaking strongly preferred.
  • Evening and weekend hours may be required, including travel and home visits.


Technical Skills

  • MS Office –Proficiency in Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Knowledge of completing case notes in a database environment. 


Key Competencies

  • Strong clinical assessment skills.    
  • Strong time management skills, including robust organization, and ability to meet deadlines.     
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment with various departments, which supports both individual and cooperative work. 


Spence-Chapin offers a great benefits package including health, dental, vision, pension, life insurance and FSA.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

Please send cover letter with salary requirement and resume to the email address listed.