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Ampersand Families recruits and supports permanent families
for older youth,
and champions practices
in adoption and permanency that restore belonging,
dignity and hope.
 

 

 

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WHAT'S HAPPENING AT AMPERSAND FAMILIES?

Yes, we’re hiring again!
We’re looking for someone to fill the position of Permanency Specialist, providing adoption services to older youth and families. This is a full-time position. At Ampersand Families, the process of recruiting and training prospective adoptive families is integrated with activities that prepare and support youth to find their voice in permanency decisions being made on their behalf. Ampersand Families’ programs and services focus almost exclusively on achieving permanency for teens and preteens in Minnesota’s child welfare system. The ability to embrace creative and innovative approaches to problem-solving is a requirement for successful employment at Ampersand Families. Permanency Specialists provide the full spectrum of adoption services, including recruitment, training, home study and support of families, as well as a broad array of child-specific recruitment, preparation and support services for youth. Intensive, in-person communication and relationship-building with teens is vital. In fact, when teens were asked about skills needed for a Permanency Specialist position, they replied, “They have to be able to connect with teens, have the ability to listen to youth, and to be articulate. They can’t be scared of teenagers. They have to be willing to see ‘the dark side’ like when a teen is angry or stubborn or don’t want to listen or say stuff they don’t mean. They have to have the ability to persevere for permanency even when others on the team don’t believe it.” To learn more about the Permanency Specialist position and for info on how to apply, click here.
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