January 5, 2018

Calling All Social Workers! ISS-USA is Hiring Independent Contractors!

International Social Service, USA (ISS-USA) is seeking licensed social workers in each of the 50 states to work on a contractual, fee-for-service basis, providing home studies for international kinship and adoption placements not involving the Hague Convention on International Adoption.

Position Title:   Independent Social Work Contractor in the USA (multiple positions open)

Position Objectives:  The contractors will evaluate, educate, and provide support to international kinship or adoptive families through the home study process. They will use their knowledge of child welfare, family systems, and community resources in a culturally responsive manner to undertake home studies. These home studies will assess families for their suitability to act as the legal guardians or adoptive parents of a child from outside the United States. The contractors will follow the policies and guidelines of ISS-USA and their local jurisdiction for kinship and adoptive placement as well as act as liaisons between ISS-USA and prospective families, providing regular communication regarding evaluation and success of placements. Additionally, they will receive education and guidance from ISS-USA in the area of international child welfare.

Qualifications:   The individual social workers must be familiar with NASW and CWLA standards on best practices in social work and have been licensed for at least two years. The ideal candidates will have clarity in written and oral expression, experience in conducting home studies for adoptive or kinship placements, and be fully knowledgeable about the home study guidelines for their state of residence. The ideal candidates must be willing to include additional information in each home study as requested by ISS-USA. Excellent time management skills are a must, as is the ability to meet a deadline. Qualified candidates will have a MSW degree from an accredited institution, as well as the following qualifications:

·         Must be licensed social worker in good standing within the state they are practicing;

·         Have 2 years post-MSW experience with at least 2 of the following: 

  1.  conducting home studies 
  2.  working with international populations
  3.  clinical work with children and families, or
  4.  connecting families to local services in their community;

·         Ability to speak a language other than English is strongly preferred;

·         Access to stable internet and computer;

·         Independently insured;  

·         Excellent written and oral communication skills;

·         Digital camera or ability to take and submit photos of the home.


·         Receive and follow up on referrals for home studies on prospective kinship and adoptive families within ISS timeframes;

·         Evaluate prospective families and placements according to ISS guidelines and local requirements;

·         Complete and submit written home study and post placement reports within ISS timeframes;

·         Collect necessary documentation for the home study and provide copies to ISS;

·         Attend trainings according to ISS and local requirements.


Additional services that may be requested (for an additional fee):

·       Contacting their state government to obtain Criminal Background Check or Child Abuse Registry check on the potential caregiver;

·       Researching community agencies and resources that the family may be eligible for and which could be of benefit to the family;

·        Following up with the family to offer them community supports;

·     Answering follow-up questions requested by the ISS case manager or representatives from the country for which the home study is being presented (this may involve contacting the family multiple times);

·        Conducting a second home visit or post placement visit and report, as requested by ISS staff.

To apply, please submit the following to Felicity Sackville Northcott, Director of External Partnerships and International Services, at fnorthcott@iss-usa.org:

  1. Updated resume;
  2.  Proof from your state licensing board that you are in good standing;
  3. Child Abuse Registry clearance for your state;
  4.  Proof of independent insurance;
  5.  One writing sample in each language you speak.

About our organization:

The mission of International Social Service-United States of America branch (ISS-USA) is to promote resolutions in the best interests of children, adults, and families separated by international borders. ISS-USA is based in Baltimore, Maryland and is a member of the International Social Service Federation, with branches and correspondents in more than 110 countries. ISS-USA provides services and technical support to individuals, public and private child welfare agencies, government agencies, and other ISS members. International case management services include international home studies, document searches, and family member tracings and the federal repatriation program for U.S. citizens. In addition, the Arthur C. Helton Institute for the Study of International Social Service at ISS-USA acts as the research, technical assistance, training and advocacy arm of the agency.

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