Get Involved

 

 

Adopt a child

If you have reviewed information about adopting a child and you are ready for some heart-to-heart conversation about adoption, please contact Cathy Raidna or Lindsay Hosack at  (616) 451-0245. You could also attend an Orientation Meeting to learn more.

Waiting children can be found at the Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange at www.mare.org

Volunteer

Greater Hopes LOVES volunteers! Our staff is small and our needs are great. If you have a heart for the work we do, let’s talk and find out how your interests and skills can benefit our programs and the people we serve.

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Board Involvement

If you are interested in fund development or planning events that will grow our capacity to serve children and families, please let our Board know of your interest! Committee members are always needed! Email cathyr@greaterhopes.org for more information.

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SideKICKS

KICKS Kids (Kids Investing in Communities through Kindness and Service) are full of energy, ideas and excitement for their community service projects. We need more adult SideKICKS to help these little heroes carry out their good deeds. Interested? Email cathyr@greaterhopes.org !

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Employment opportunities

Those interested in a career that will change a child’s life forever should send a paper cover letter and resume to our main office at 1345 Monroe Ave. NW, Suite 246, Grand Rapids, MI 49505 by March 15, 2016.

PART-TIME ADOPTION / LICENSING POSITION: Child Placement Specialist/Supervisor 

The ideal candidate is polite, forthright, gentle, hardworking, wise, and friendly. He or she will have flexibility to work 15-25 varied hours per week, sometimes on an as needed basis. Please be able to commit to serving our families and children for a minimum of one year. He or she will be able to perform the duties and functions below and meet the requirements noted below.

Requirements:
The social service supervisor must have knowledge of adoption and foster care including current ethical, practical, legal, and social practice standards. Necessary skills include time management, word processing, ability to be flexible through learning, problem solving, crisis management, and case management.

Candidates must also be CWTI trained as a social service worker in adoption and as an adoption supervisor.

Duties and Functions:
1) Supervise and mentor social service staff, no more than five workers.
2) Review and approve basic service functions.
3) Assist in the selection and appointment of qualified staff.
4) Review and uphold licensing requirements and standards as outlined by the State of Michigan, Licensing Rules For Child Placing Agencies.
5) Review and uphold non-profit incorporation requirements and standards according to Act 162, Public Acts of 1982.
6) Provide direct services as needed in a specialist role to meet demands of clients.

Education/Experience
Candidates must possess either:
(a) A master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a human behavioral science or in another major where 25% of the course credits earned toward the degree are in human behavioral sciences and 1 year of experience as a social service worker in an agency, or a child caring institution, or in an agency in a child welfare function.

(b) A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a human behavioral science, or in another major where 25% of the course credits earned toward the degree are in human behavioral sciences, and 4 years of experience as a social service worker, 2 years of which are in an agency or in a child caring institution, or in an agency in a child welfare function.

“Human behavioral science” means a degree from an accredited college or university in any of the following: Social work, Psychology, Counseling and Guidance, Child Development, Criminal Justice, Family and Child Ecology, Sociology, Family Community Services, Family Studies, Family Life Education, Human Services.

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Your tax deductible donations of any amount all add up to support the work we do. Currently we employ two staff members to help Michigan’s Waiting Children. We’ll hire more staff when the funds are available! More staff members mean we have more hands to place more children. Please consider making a donation to Greater Hopes.

For more information see our donations page.

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