This internship is designed to meet practicum requirements of a student in a Social Work or related human service field. This goal is accomplished by providing exposure to ECFA as a whole, thus enhancing understanding of the world of domestic and international adoption, as well as the field of child welfare.

I. Exposure to ECFA’s functioning as an agency:

  • Meet individually with other program supervisors for general orientation to each program
  • Review the Standards of Services as set by the Council on Accreditation
  • Review DCFS licensing requirements for foster and adoptive homes
  • To provide the student with an understanding of the structure and functioning of a faith-based social service agency

II. Education in the Adoption Program

  • Review Adoption Policies and Procedures Manual
  • Integrate current research related to issues in pregnancy counseling and adoption
  • Attend Adoption team meetings and joint meetings with the Pregnancy Program
  • Identify community referrals and resources for adoptive parents
  • Participate in clinical consultations, when applicable, regarding client and program issues

III. Clinical Experience in Adoption Program

  • Be assigned a caseload of one to three families for the purpose of conducting home studies
  • Conduct bio-psycho-social assessments to clients during home study interviews with individuals.  Couples, and families.  
  • Provide case management, referrals, and advocacy according to client’s needs
  • Coordinate outreach and marketing opportunities to the community
  • Receive weekly supervision from an LCSW

IV. Option to attend agency-sponsored functions (i.e. inservices, workshops, fundraising events)

If you are interested in the Adoption Program Master’s Level Internship, please contact Barb Hellmer at