The North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) is seeking a part-time (13 hours per week) parent support specialist to serve families in Northeastern Minnesota as part of the Adoptive Foster Kinship Connections project. NACAC is a national nonprofit dedicated to the belief that every child deserves a permanent, nurturing, and culturally sensitive family. Through Adoptive Foster Kinship Connections, NACAC supports adoptive, foster, and kinship care families across Minnesota.


The parent support specialist will serve as a resource for foster and kinship parents in Northeastern Minnesota. They will provide phone and online support to adoptive and foster parents and kinship caregivers, facilitate and help develop in-person parent and youth support groups, connect parents for mutual support, make referrals to effective community resources, identify local parents’ needs, and build relationships with adoption, foster care, and kinship agencies.

Primary Responsibilities

  • provide phone and online support and information to adoptive and foster parents and kinship caregivers
  • develop and facilitate support groups for parents and youth in their community
  • identify and support other parent group leaders
  • conduct outreach and build relationships with public and private foster, adoption, and kinship agencies to encourage agency staff to refer parents to Adoptive Foster Kinship Connections
  • identify local and regional resources (medical professionals, respite providers, mental health services, racial/cultural resources)
  • attend trainings about support services, special needs, data privacy, etc.
  • submit quarterly reports to the network coordinator
  • meet as needed with other Adoptive Foster Kinship Connections staff to discuss critical issues and support one another


The parent support specialist must live in Northeastern Minnesota and be an experienced adoptive parent, foster parent, or kinship caregiver who understands the unique needs of children in adoption, foster care, and kinship care, particularly the needs of children who are or were in foster care. The specialist must have excellent interpersonal skills, experience working with people of color, LGBT families, and other diverse communities, and a strong commitment to ensuring that all adoptive, foster and kinship families have the support they need. The parent support specialist must be able to develop positive relationships with local child welfare professionals and be knowledgeable about resources for families. Applicants must be willing to work from home and to travel periodically.


$20 per hour, 13 hours per week

To Apply:

Send resume and cover letter by September 26. The cover letter must include why you think you are the right candidate for the position and how you meet the qualifications outlined above. Send the cover letter and resume to Anicka Schanilec at




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