Career of the Week- Adoption Counselor
Adoption counselors assist families and individuals hoping to adopt. They may provide facilitation services, advice, information, and other services, generally for a fee. Counselors work with orphan groups and foster homes to locate permanent homes for children without suitable parents. Adoption agencies, orphanages and state social service departments hire adoption counselors. Private adoption agencies handle both domestic and international adoptions.
Adoption counselors must have knowledge of grief and loss issues as they relate to adoption and parenting. They must also possess a working knowledge of state laws as they relate to adoption. They must have knowledge of laws that pertain to the birth father's rights and paternity issues. Adoption counselors are often driven by uncontrollable circumstances and crisis.
Adoption counselor positions require experience and specific education for entry into the profession. Most positions and agencies require a bachelor's degree in social work, psychology or counseling and at least limited social work experience. Supervisor positions often require a master's degree in social work or psychology with at least five years of adoption experience.