New Job Senior Adoption Lead In Ontario

Senior Adoption Lead
Senior Adoption Lead

Senior Adoption Lead

Company : Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services
Salary : $1,584–$2,066 a week
Location : Ontario

Full Description

About us:
The Children and Youth at Risk Branch provides policy support on issues related to children's residential services as well as oversees private and intercountry adoptions and post adoption disclosure in Ontario. We empower our staff to strive for the development and delivery of public policy and services that champion Ontario children and families.

As a branch, we:
  • Are committed to the responsibilities of being a leader by demonstrating authenticity, accountability and courage.
  • Lead for the future by embracing positive disruption, a future mindset and by developing each other, every day.
  • Are people centered by leading with a common purpose, being inclusive and driving people centered outcomes.
  • Offer dynamic and supportive work culture as well as career growth and development opportunities.

OPS Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Anti-Racism:

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.

We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario's Human Rights Code. Refer to the "How to apply" section if you require a disability-related accommodation.

What can I expect to do in this role?

Applying a clinical and child focused lens you will:
  • Lead the review of applications, placement proposals, placement progress reports, Reports on the Adjustment of the Child in the Home, adoption homestudy assessments, and all other documentation for clinical soundness and compliance with applicable legislation.
  • Lead the provision of clinical expertise to inform licensing staff reviews and recommendations.
  • Support interviews of potential licensee and adoption practitioner applicants,
  • Oversee the orientation, provision of advice, direction, clinical consultation and liaison services to adoption licensees/agencies, approved adoption practitioners, and community stakeholders.
  • Conduct training, orientation, educational workshops for private adoption agencies/licensees, approved adoption practitioners, mentees, and professional stakeholder groups, supporting compliance with legislation and regulations.

How do I qualify?


You are a member of/or eligible for membership in the Ontario College of Social Service Workers and Social Workers (OCSWSSW).

Clinical Technical Knowledge

  • You have significant technical knowledge acquired through clinical practice and/or social work practice working with families and children in the field of adoption and/or other fields related to children.
  • You have demonstrated knowledge of and expertise in child development stages, trauma and loss, attachment, and cultural competency in adoption and or related clinical fields.
  • You have the ability to advise on and apply private and international adoption requirements, including the Child, Youth and Family Services Act (CYFSA) and the Intercountry Adoption Act (IAA), with a fulsome understanding of The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption.
  • You have knowledge in clinical case management, clinical assessment, dispute resolution and counselling skills to oversee the timely and sensitive management of adoption files.
  • Knowledge of performance measurement methods, quality assurance and benchmarking to monitor effectiveness, evaluate service and identify trends to support continuous improvements.

Communication & Consultative Skills:

  • You can develop and maintain collaborative working relationships with stakeholders. You have relationship management and client service skills to build trust, providing information and advice to effectively resolve problems and concerns.
  • You use verbal and written communication skills to consult and conceptualize workable responses and solutions to complicated sensitive issues involving a multitude of governmental and non-governmental agencies/stakeholders.
  • You demonstrate sound judgement and strategic communication skills to maintain composure and adjust behaviour to diffuse situations when required, amending your communication style to effectively support clients.
  • You have presentation, facilitation and training skills to develop and present professional development sessions for adoption practitioners, conduct training sessions for community partners, and to coach adoption practitioners.

Organizational & Analytical Skills:

  • You have organizational skills to coordinate a high volume, time sensitive team work-load, in a fast-paced, deliverable-based work environment.
  • You can utilize research, analytical and evaluation skills to evaluate the work of adoption professionals, conduct file audits and contribute to branch/ unit program development.
  • You can analyze, develop and interpret statistical data to assess the need for procedural changes, prepare and present detailed reports and recommendations to improve service delivery and substantiate decision-making.

Additional Information:

  • 1 Permanent, 101 Bloor St W, Toronto, Toronto Region, Criminal Record Check

Compensation Group:
Ontario Public Service Employees Union

Understanding the job ad - definitions

Health and Social Services

Posted on:
Monday, June 5, 2023

  • In accordance with the Ontario Public Service (OPS), Employment Screening Checks Policy (ESCP), the top candidate(s) may be required to undergo a security screening check. Refer to the above to determine the screening checks that are required for this position.

    Required security screening checks along with your written consent, will be sent to the Transition and Security Office (TSO), Corporate Talent Programs Branch, Talent and Leadership Division to evaluate the results. If applicable, the TSO, with your written consent, will request and obtain any additional employment screening checks that were not obtained directly by you.

    A record under the Criminal Code and/or other federal offence record(s) does not automatically mean you will be ineligible for the position. The employment screening check(s) will only be reviewed and evaluated by the TSO for the purpose of making a security clearance decision. The details of an individual's employment screening check(s) will be considered in specific relation to the duties and responsibilities of the position being filled. Employment screening check records will be maintained by the TSO and kept strictly confidential.
  • T-SS-199986/23