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Education Specialist
Families Rising MN
Serve as a resource for adoptive, foster, and kinship families throughout Minnesota.
Link: https://nacac.org/2023/10/24/education-support-specialist/
Administrative Assistant
Families Rising MN
Full time position providing support to staff and programs.
Link: https://nacac.org/2023/10/24/administrative-assistant/
MNLEND fellowship application open for 2024-25 cohort
MNLEND at the UMN Institute on Community Integration
The Minnesota Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (MNLEND) fellowship program's mission is to develop the next generation of knowledgeable, interdisciplinary leaders in the neurodevelopmental disabilities' (NDD) fields.

Each year, 30 paid fellows are chosen, from the greater community and from UMN graduate programs, to be trained together to grasp the complexities of and challenges in delivering evidence-based and promising practices, supports, and services across 14+ disciplines, including the family- and self-advocacy disciplines. Fellows are trained in leadership skills that will enable them to successfully navigate and collaborate across the many NDD-related fields. 

Working professionals, family- and self-advocates after invited to apply. The time commitment is about 7 hours a week for ten months.The fellowship runs from mid August 2024-May 2025.

The general deadline for applications is February 15, 2024, (or consider the earlier application consideration deadline of January 5, if preferred).

MNLEND strongly seeks applicants from across Minnesota's historically underrepresented communities to address access and equity gaps in the state. For more information about the MNLEND application, visit https://lend.umn.edu/.
Link: http://lend.umn.edu
Full-Time Staff Attorney
ICWA Law Center
Salary: approximately $50,000 + per year (depending on qualifications).

The ICWA Law Center is a non-profit legal services organization committed to strengthening, preserving, and reuniting American Indian families consistent with the mandates and spirit of the Indian Child Welfare Act. The staff attorney will provide legal representation to individuals impacted by the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in child protection proceedings in Hennepin County, other counties throughout the state, and tribal courts within Minnesota. The ICWA Law Center is a recognized leader in Minnesota focused on providing the highest quality of legal services for American Indian families. Collaborating with tribes, community service providers, and child protection professionals, the ICWA Law Center represents the unique perspective(s) of American Indian families impacted by the child welfare system in hopes of creating effective responses within a system that recognizes the fundamental values inherent in meaningful familial, community, and tribal connections.
Link: https://www.indeed.com/job/staff-attorney-df903977c9e23cba?_gl=1*1051npr*_gcl_au*MTUyODMzNjgwNi4xNjk5Mzg1NDk4
Social Worker- Part Time
Nexus Kindred Family Healing
Nexus-Kindred has an exciting opportunity for a Part Time Social Worker (License Preferred) to join our team in the St. Cloud area! This position will work specifically with relative & kinship caregivers.

If you’re looking for a place to use your expertise to help, make a big impact on youth and their families, look no further!  We offer competitive compensation and excellent benefits, along with a company culture that’s second to none!

Position Summary:   

Nexus-Kindred Family Healing is seeking an experienced Social Worker to provide support and services to relatives caring for youth in the St. Cloud and surrounding area. When a relative cares for a child or sibling group removed from their homes, the advantages are tremendous for the children - but the challenges these relatives face can often be large.

Primary responsibilities:

Networking within the community to reach relatives caring for youth either formally or informally.

Assists relative & kinship caregiver’s in working through barriers and challenges that arise in parenting youth in the foster care system by connecting relative & kinship families with needed services and information.

Intensive in-home support to relative & kinship families as they navigate the foster care licensing process.

Assessing relative and kinship families ability to care for relative children in the foster care system.
Link: https://recruiting2.ultipro.com/NEX1007NXFH/JobBoard/af840760-08c8-4b84-933f-09429f4f0c5e/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=3fde9226-d444-480f-bedb-ea1b4da5ad96
Social Worker - Full time
Nexus Kindred Family Healing
Nexus-Kindred has an exciting opportunity for a Licensed Social Worker to join our team in the Twin Cities, MN metro area!

If you’re looking for a place to use your expertise to help make a big impact on youth and their families, look no further!  We offer competitive compensation and excellent benefits, along with a company culture that’s second to none!

Position Summary:   

Our Social Worker provides supervision to foster and adoptive homes assigned to caseload; provides homes with support and assures that the homes adhere to agency policies and state and federal laws. They will supervise the placement & ongoing support of youth placed in foster homes. They will provide regular, ongoing communication with families, source & recruit new foster parents, re-license existing families, conduct foster care training, and maintain appropriate documentation & files to support the services that are provided to families in Minnesota.

Primary responsibilities:

Provides supervision to foster & adoptive homes assigned to caseload

Provides homes with support and assures that the homes adhere to agency policies and state and federal laws

Proactively recruits foster youth referral sources

Supervises the placement & ongoing support of youth placed in foster homes

Ensures regular ongoing communication with families

Recruits new foster parents

Re-licenses existing families 

Conducts foster care training

Maintains appropriate documentation & files to support the services that are provided to families in Minnesota
Link: https://recruiting2.ultipro.com/NEX1007NXFH/JobBoard/af840760-08c8-4b84-933f-09429f4f0c5e/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=655211e6-d60e-467b-bc36-1aefc4cc3d4b
Child protection social worker
Hennepin Children & Family Services
The Child Protection division of Human Services Public Health in Health and Human Services is seeking to fill multiple Child Protection Social Worker vacancies. The primary functions of these positions are listed below. Each individual vacancy will have specialized duties and responsibilities depending on the area of assignment: Investigations, Case Management, Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Investigations or Case Management, Intake (Screening), and Intake (Rapid Response Team).

The new Child Protection Social Workers will participate in the induction training on Hennepin County's policies, procedures, and practices as well as mandated Department of Human Services training. This will include in-person and virtual instructor-led training, court room training, job shadowing other Child Protection Social Workers on a rotational basis, and close supervision while receiving initial case assignments.
Link: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/hennepin/jobs/4224188/social-worker-child-protection?keywords=Protection%20&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs
Permanency Specialist – Family and Relative/Kin Focused
Ampersand Families
See link for full job and agency details, benefits, salary, & how to apply.

The position has a mixed caseload that includes both relative/kin families and non-relative prospective adoptive parents. The relatives/kin that Ampersand Families serves are hoping to be a placement or permanency resource to a youth or sibling group they already know who have been removed from their parent/s by child protective services. Non-relative prospective adoptive parents enter the process to explore whether they might be a good fit to adopt an older youth from the foster care system.

In work with relatives/kin, the Permanency Specialist’s role involves engaging, assessing, licensing for foster care, and supporting these families until the youth return home to their parents, or through the adoption/transfer of legal guardianship process if reunification is not possible. The right person for this position has a deep commitment to helping relative/kin families successfully parent children and teens who have experienced trauma. There is potential for the person in this position to have impact on our agency’s continuing advocacy to improve the experience of relatives and kin in the child welfare system, as well our agency’s ongoing program development.

In work with non-relative families, the Permanency Specialist’s role involves supporting the prospective parent/s through the home study assessment, foster care licensing, preparation, matching, transition, placement and on-going placement support components of the adoption process.

This is a professional position requiring significant amount of self-direction, some irregular hours and occasional travel throughout the state of Minnesota.
Link: https://jobs.minnesotanonprofits.org/job/permanency-specialist-family-and-relative-kin-focused-roseville-minnesota-87234
Part Time Relative Search and Engagement Specialist
Ampersand Families
See link for full job and agency details, benefits, salary, & how to apply.

The Relative Search and Engagement Specialist will play a key role in locating and contacting relatives and kin for new youth services referrals. This unique position within the agency will give focus to digging deeper into identifying relative/kin that may have been more challenging for counties to identify/contact during the youth’s initial entry into foster care due to child protection concerns. The concentrated efforts and low caseload of the Relative Search and Engagement Specialist is created to identify positive connections/permanency for youth who have already had a termination of parental rights by way of relative/kin engagement. The Relative Search and Engagement Specialist will work alongside the child specific recruiter during the first 45 days of referral, or partner with external county teams, to ensure that efforts to locate relative/kin is concentrated and effective. This is a part-time, 24 hours per week position.
Link: https://jobs.minnesotanonprofits.org/job/part-time-relative-search-and-engagement-specialist-roseville-minnesota-87061
Permanency Specialist – Youth-Focused
Ampersand Families
See link for full job and agency details, benefits, salary, & how to apply.

The Youth-Focused Permanency Specialist provides a broad array of child-specific recruitment, preparation and support services for Minnesota foster care youth, primarily ages 10-18. This is a professional position requiring a significant amount of self-direction, irregular hours and travel throughout the state of Minnesota.

Ampersand Families’ programs and services focus almost exclusively on achieving permanency for older youth (10 years and older) in Minnesota’s child welfare system. Our approach to permanency work invites both prospective adoptive families and waiting youth to be deeply engaged in their own process. For youth in particular, being part of decisions made on their behalf is a key component to meaningful permanency work. Permanency Specialists are the frontline to achieving permanency for youth and families. The rest of the agency supports the work of Permanency Specialists by strategically addressing systemic barriers to permanency for older youth, youth of color and sibling groups. An orientation of professionalism and humility that values continuous learning and commitment to give and receive consultation are requirements for successful employment at Ampersand Families.
Link: https://jobs.minnesotanonprofits.org/job/permanency-specialist-youth-focused-roseville-minnesota-87454/hash/c6103b50acec7af5224061cbd2beab78
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