Adoption Social Worker (Part-time)

Permanency Social Worker

Department of Permanency Services

 The Juvenile Justice Center of Philadelphia (JJC) is a non-profit, multi-service organization that serves the needs of disadvantaged children, youth and families. Our mission is to maintain families through supportive services, to prevent children and youth from being placed in care, and also to ready families for reunification with their children. JJC has a part-time Permanency (Adoption)  Social Worker opening in our Coulter Street office.

Job Summary

 The Permanency Social Worker is an integral team member in the Department of Permanency Placement (DOPP). The role of the Permanency Social Worker is to provide all aspects of adoption and/or PLC SWAN services, to include: child profiles, family profiles, child preparation, placement, and finalization services.

The Social Worker is responsible for taking every necessary step to ensure that proper care of the children assigned is occurring, meaning that physical, medical, emotional and intellectual needs are being correctly addressed.  To this end, it is imperative that the Permanency Social Worker remain in close communication with the entire team, including:  the client’s CUA Worker, DHS Permanency Worker, Child Advocate, Permanency Resource, Birth Parents and all other integral members of the team, for the duration of the case.


Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology or other human service related field. BSW/MSW preferred.


2-5 years experience working within the child welfare system providing case management to children and youth.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Must have a demonstrated knowledge of the child welfare system, specifically foster care and permanency services. e ability and willingness to adjust work hours, and days, in accord with clients/families’ needs.

The ability and willingness to do adoptive/PLC parent training, as needed.

The ability and willingness to do an abundant amount of writing and research.

The use of or access to a currently inspected car each day, including the possession of current automobile insurance and driver’s license.

Meet all regulatory agency requirements and comply with all JJC policies regarding child abuse, criminal, medical, and other clearances.

A willingness to attend multiple day trainings and meetings in other parts of the State, while acquiring forty hours of compliance training per year as designated by JJC training curriculum and the SWAN contract.

Ability to use a computer and programs to complete case notes, complete profiles, and send and receive correspondence.

Ability and willingness to travel within the 100 mile radius of the City of Philadelphia to meet with families and attend training.

Ability to demonstrate compassion and work from a strength-based perspective when working with other professionals, children, biological parents and adoptive parents.

Ability to perform an array of services from Child Prep activities, writing child and family profiles, home studies for resource parents seeking to be adoptive parents, and if needed, doing home visits and compliance checks to adoptive/foster parents.


Hourly rate will be based on educational level and experience or a combination of experience and educational level. Hourly rate will range from $15.00 to $17.00 an hour for bachelor level and $17.00 to $20.00 an hour for Master’s level. This is a part-time hourly position ranging from 20 to 25 hours a week therefore full-time agency benefits do not apply. Due to volume of work,  this position may lead to a full time employment.

JJC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, embracing diversity and inclusion in all of its services.

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