Permanency Social Worker – SWAN

The Children's Home of Pittsburgh


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The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh is seeking a Full-Time Permanency Social Worker in our Adoption Program.  

This individual will primarily work with children and families in the foster care system providing services through Pennsylvania’s Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN).  This individual will complete child preparation units of service, working with children in their foster homes to help prepare them for permanency, and also will work with families interested in adopting a child from foster care by writing SWAN family profiles, matching families with a child, and providing foster care services to the child and family after placement. This individual will also be responsible for running group orientation meetings and training adoptive families in a group meeting.

This individual may provide other SWAN services as needed and will be responsible for providing 24/7 on-call services for the adoption department on a rotating basis. This individual must be comfortable driving to client meetings, working within homes and community settings, and must be available on evenings and weekends as needed to accommodate client needs. Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or related field, plus experience in child welfare required; Master’s Degree preferred.

This position is eligible for the following benefits:

  • Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance
  • Employer Contribution to Benefits
  • Life Insurance
  • Long Term Disability
  • Supplemental Insurance
  • 401(k) & Employer Match
  • Free Financial Planning
  • Annual Merit Increases
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • FREE On-site parking

Essential Functions: 


  1. Provides family profiles services for affiliate referred families.
  2. Provides matching services for SWAN adoptive families.
  3. Maintains good communication with county caseworkers and CSR workers during matching process.
  4. Follows all tasks as outlined in SWAN benchmarks and documents these tasks in the SWAN portal as they are completed. Ensures all time is tracked with SWAN portal for all SWAN units of service assigned.
  5. Provides Placement and Finalization services for SWAN adoptive families if referred.
  6. If requested by Director of Adoption or Permanency Supervisor, attends SWAN quarterly meetings, summer conference, units of service meeting or any additional training needed to comply with SWAN and DHS requirements.
  7. Completes all paperwork required for each SWAN unit of service by the due date assigned by SWAN.
  8. For each child preparation cases, maintains regular contact with a child’s CYF caseworker, other providers, and the child’s family as needed.
  9. For child preparation cases, creates and maintains a lifebook for each child throughout child preparation.
  10. Advocates for the safety and well-being of all clients by making referrals to other agencies, including CYF when appropriate.
  11. Functions as an integral member of the adoption team by providing coverage for other positions as needed.
  12. Follows Social Worker Code of Ethics.
  13. Performs other duties as required by the Adoption Supervisor or Director of Adoption.


  1. Certifies foster family homes.
  2. Provides recertification for foster families.
  3. Once foster families receive a placement, provides monthly home visits and complies with all paperwork required by agency, county contract, and DHS.
  4. Ensures a good transition from matching worker to foster care worker if needed.
  5. Ensures case remains in compliance with DHS foster care regulations and county contract requirements. Works closely with Director of Adoption to ensure this.
  6. Maintains regular communication with families and foster children.
  7. Maintains regular communication with county caseworkers and other providers for child.
  8. Attends court hearings for child if requested.
  9. Identifies ways to recruit new foster families within the community and provides community outreaches as means of recruitment.
  10. Runs group orientation sessions for prospective foster families.
  11. Acts as a trainer and member of REACH training collaborative to plan and conduct trainings for families going through the adoption from foster care process.
  12. Provide on call services for foster care and adoption program.
  13. Maintains a flexible schedule, including working frequent evenings and weekends to train families, run monthly orientation meetings, and meet client needs.

Minimum Skills and Abilities Required: 

  1. Professional level of knowledge normally acquired through the completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, or related degree.
  2. Master’s Degree in Social Work, or related field, preferred.
  3. Two years of experience in clinical work with families and children required, preferably in child welfare.
  4. Direct experience in foster care, adoption or in providing SWAN services preferred.
  5. Direct experience in working with foster families, foster children and/or adoptive parents preferred.
  6. Ability to communicate and interact with birthparents, foster families, and adoptive parents in a professional manner.

Functional Requirements:

  1. Often a sedentary position, must be able to sit for long periods of time.
  2. Must be able to push, pull, lift, and carry up to 10-50 pounds as required to access file boxes, supplies, etc.
  3. Manual dexterity required to operate computer and telephone systems, and other typical office equipment.
  4. Occasional exposure to adverse conditions when performing duties outside of The Children’s Home.
  5. Current Pennsylvania driver’s license and access to an insured vehicle to enable the person holding this position to be able to meet with the birthparents, foster families, and adoptive parents.
  6. Physical ability to perform job requirements of usual and customary office procedures and communications.
  7. Ability to interact and communicate in a professional and courteous manner with other staff and guests.
  8. Generally an office environment, no unusual environmental factors.

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