Department: Division of Children and Family Services

Monday – Friday 8:30 – 4:30

Some Evenings and Weekends will be required

Cuyahoga County children need your help. There are more than 2000 children in DCFS custody through no fault of their own. Victims of abuse and/or neglect, some may need special care or attention to help them deal with the impact of trauma in their young lives. Each of these children needs and deserves a family who will love and protect them, but there is a shortage of homes and facilities across Ohio.

Foster / Adoptive Recruitment Specialist

Reports To: Social Service Supervisor

Full Time

Bargaining Unit: LIUNA 860

Classified or Unclassified: Classified


Essential Job Functions

  • Recruits foster and adoptive parents for Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services;
  • Schedules and attends community events and activities;
  • Actively recruits potential foster and adoptive parents;
  • Coordinates event registration;
  • Provides information on policies and procedures to potential parents;
  • Determines if there are barriers to candidates becoming foster or adoptive parents;
  • Processes foster and adoptive parent applications;
  • Reviews application materials to ensure all required information is provided;
  • Notarizes foster and adoptive parent applications;
  • Enters candidate information into databases; creates reports of foster and adoptive parent information;
  • Participates in strategic planning and goal setting of DCFS recruitment plan.
  • Coordinates and supports foster and adoptive parent Pre-Service Orientation training;
  • Enters applicant training attendance data into databases; provides training verification to other agencies as requested.
  • Performs fingerprinting duties; fingerprints applicants for background check; distributes results of background check to the appropriate parties; enters and tracks background check results data into spreadsheet; fingerprints clients in their home when necessary.
  • Performs related administrative responsibilities; prepares various reports, records and other documents; responds to emails and phone calls; attends various trainings and meetings; attends adoption mixers held by adoptions department;
  • Provides technical assistance to collaborative partners in the community.
  • Responds to all inquiries regarding foster and/or adoption made to the agency.
  • Provides information and support to assist eligible candidates in achieving licensure.

Minimum Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, human services or related field; six (6) months of social service, strategic planning, public speaking, or project management or any equivalent combination of training and experience. Valid Ohio Driver’s License, proof of automobile insurance, and a reliable vehicle. All candidates must be fingerprinted and be approved by the state to perform fingerprinting on the equipment and have access to the criminal records. The standards to access this information is higher than the standards for employment.

Additional Requirements: Must obtain and maintain Notary Public within 6 months of hiring.

Application Process

This is a competitive, classified position. The Personnel Review Commission (PRC) will check your application to make sure you meet the minimum qualifications. If you do, the PRC will invite you to take a civil service examination. The exam is specific to this position. Everyone who passes the exam goes on an eligibility list. To fill this opening, the PRC sends the hiring department and Human Resources (HR) a certified eligibility list with the top 25% candidates (or at least the ten highest scoring candidates, whichever is greater). HR helps the hiring department decide who from the certified list to follow up with for interviews and then a job offer.

Most of our communication with candidates is through email. Regularly check the email address you gave us in your job profile. Watch your Spam folder, just in case.

If we offer you a job, you must pass a drug screen and background check before the offer becomes final. Prior criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify you from employment; the County looks at criminal convictions on a case-by-case basis using the guidelines in Chapter 306 of the County Code.


Cuyahoga County is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce, which includes building an environment that respects the individual, promotes innovation and offers opportunities for all employees to develop to their full potential. A diverse workforce helps the County realize its full potential. The County benefits from the creativity and innovation that results when people with different experiences, perspectives, and cultural backgrounds work together.

The County is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all individuals regardless of race, color, ancestry, national origin, language, religion, citizenship status, sex, age, marital status, sexual preference or orientation, gender identity/expression, military/veteran status, disability, genetic information, membership in a collective bargaining unit, status with regard to public assistance, or political affiliation.

If you need assistance applying or participating in any part of the candidate experience, contact Human Resources at 216-443-7190 and ask to speak with a talent acquisition team member.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: From $20.50 per hour


  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Weekend availability

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Cleveland, OH 44115: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

Work Location: One location