Lutheran Services in Iowa
  • Foster Care and Adoption
  • Storm Lake, IA, USA
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Total Compensation Package

LSI is seeking a full-time Foster and Adoptive Family Home Study Worker to provide services in our Foster Care and Adoption program in the Storm Lake/Spencer areas. This position will cover Buena Vista, Clay, Cherokee, O'Brien, Dickinson, Emmet, Osceloa, Palo Alto and Kossuth counties as well as others as assigned.  This position can be based out of our Storm Lake OR Spencer office.


The Foster and Adoptive Family Home Study Worker is responsible for completing the initial licensing process for prospective foster families and approval process for prospective adoption families. This entails maintain the interest of families who will meet service area priority needs, and closely collaborating with the support caseworker in supporting them through training, writing and submitting the home study packet and counseling families who can not meet the needs of children coming into care. Position will additionally work with birth families, DHS and other providers.

The Home Study Worker will work with families to complete assigned new home studies within project timelines. Must have a strong understanding of licensing rules and adoption rules through the Department of Human Services and Iowa Code.

Must be willing to work variable hours to meet the needs of prospective foster and adoptive families, including occasional weekends.  Must participate in an on call rotation. Must be willing to travel within the service area to complete home studies and willing to travel outside the service area for various business needs.  Position does require extensive travel within service area and counties assigned.  Must possess strong writing skills as well as verbal skills.


Qualified applicants will meet the following criteria:

A Bachelor's degree in social work or a related field and a minimum of two years experience in child welfare services.

At LSI, competitive compensation goes far beyond an hourly rate. For eligible employees, LSI pays for a portion of employee health premiums, offers a monthly wellness discount on health insurance premiums, and contributes to your health savings account each pay check. LSI will reimburse you for mileage, offer a 401k match contribution, and provide ongoing professional development training. In addition LSI offers a generous paid time off package. As a non-profit employer many employees also can qualify for student loan forgiveness programs.

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