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Adoption Social Worker

The Adoption Social Worker is a member of the Cambridge Family & Children's Services Adoption Program which provides:

  • Adoption planning and case management for children and youth in the custody of the Department of Children and Families;
  • Recruitment, assessing, training, guidance and support for families interested in adoption;
  • Matching children with families able to care for them;
  • Specialized recruitment for specific children and sibling groups;
  • Post-placement family support.

Under the supervision of the Director of Adoption (or designee) the Social Worker provides adoption planning and case management services for children and youth in the custody of the Department of Children and Families as well as services to prospective adoptive families, including home studies, matching, and post-placement support. The Social Worker also provides consultation services to the Department of Children and Families.

  • Manages a caseload of children and youth in the custody of the Department of Children and Families;
  • Conducts clinical assessments of children and youth;
  • Collaborates with DCF staff and CFCS staff in identifying specific adoption/permanency needs, e.g. keeping sibling groups together, preferred characteristics of adoptive family, continued contact with relatives; supports child/youth's participation in this process.
  • Assists children and youth in preparing for adoption placement;
  • Establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with MARE and other resources in recruiting and identifying potential adoptive families;
  • Works with CFCS staff, and other resources, in developing targeted recruitment for specific children or youth;
  • Provides post-placement support to children and youth;
  • Maintains complete and accurate records.


  • Bachelor's degree in social work, psychology, education or a related field;
  • Professional licensure;
  • Minimum of 2 years' experience providing case management and/or counseling services to children, adolescents and families;
  • Experience in adoption or child welfare services preferred.

Other requirements:

  • Valid driver's license and properly insured vehicle 
  • Clearance of background checks as required by state and federal law


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