Who We Are
Family Design Resources, Inc. (FDR) works with agencies and professionals who support children and families throughout Pennsylvania. From private social service agencies to public systems for child welfare, education, mental health and juvenile justice, we provide programs, technical assistance and training to help cultivate healthy, supported families in Pennsylvania.
FDR partners with Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries to deliver the programs of the Pennsylvania Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN). SWAN includes county children and youth agencies, private adoption agencies, Pennsylvania's Office of Children, Youth and Families, foster and adoptive parents, and many others all working together on behalf of children who need permanent homes.
SWAN LSI Paralegals
FDR employs paralegals to work for the SWAN Legal Services Initiative (LSI), a program that was created to address barriers within the legal process that delay permanency for a child in the child welfare system. LSI paralegals work out of every county's children and youth office. LSI paralegals assist counties with all aspects of the legal process which ensures children are in safe and permanent homes.
Please note that the purpose of this opening is to accept applications for positions in this region that may become open in the future.
General knowledge/work experience in legal or in child welfare and an Associate's degree, Bachelor's degree or paralegal certificate is preferred. A minimum of 5 years of related experience will be considered in lieu of degree and/or certification.
Job duties may include the following:
Draft legal documents for solicitor review, including petitions, orders, motions and stipulations
Participate in county court hearings and pre-hearing conferences
Assist with all aspects of lay and expert witness preparation for testimony
Facilitate and/or train on approved LSI training topics
Support county best practices
Conduct diligent searches to locate parents, relatives or other potential permanency resources or connections for children who are receiving services from, or are in the custody of the county and collaborate with caseworkers regarding all search results
We strive to hire motivated professionals with strong organizational and time management skills who will thrive in a dynamic and collaborative work environment. Our paralegals are required to travel to trainings and meetings which could include overnight stays. Travel expenses are reimbursed as per our policies.
We offer a competitive salary along with the opportunity to grow and advance within our organization. We offer a benefits package that includes:
Medical, dental, vision
Employer-paid short term disability benefit & life-insurance
Paid holidays and paid time off
Contribution equivalent to 6% of your salary to your 401(k)
Please submit your cover letter and resume to be considered.
To learn more about FDR, please visit www.familydesign.org.
To learn more about LSI, please visit www.diakon-swan.org