Home Parents (Waco Campus)

JOB SUMMARY 

Home Parents care for and supervise youth in placement and implement the MCH model of care in homes on the assigned residential campus. Home Parents who work in the Independent Living program supervise adults ages 18-25. Home Parents must exhibit the intellectual and emotional maturity required to work with youth who have behavioral issues and difficulty relating to others due to developmental delays, mental health needs and trauma. This position requires respect and compassionate understanding for the youth in care and the ability to balance the need for nurture and structure in the work with youth. Home Parents must have the ability to form and maintain healthy relationships with youth and coworkers, effectively communicate with others, solve problems and regulate their own behavior in all situations. Home Parents must maintain a healthy value system, including moral and ethical behavior consistent with the agency's mission and core values.   

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Learn and effectively use the Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) model of care, along with other evidenced-based trauma informed models.
  • Develop a relationship with each youth in care and proactively teach self-regulation techniques and acceptable ways to give and receive care.   
  • Know and teach youth the MCH Life Skills.
  • Use the IDEAL approach to discipline and appropriately intervene with youth who exhibit inappropriate behaviors or who need assistance in regulating their behavior.
  • Respect the rights and personal belief system of each child in care. 
  • Work independently and in cooperation with other child care staff to provide a safe, clean and orderly home for youth that is in compliance with applicable licensing and accreditation standards.   
  • Supervise youth in care to ensure their safety and well-being and adjust the level of supervision according to the circumstances and needs of the youth. 
  • Ensure youth have the appropriate clothing, shoes, personal care supplies, and hygiene items needed for grooming, including encouragement and coaching on maintaining good hygiene. 
  • Help youth express fears and concerns, manage anxiety around family-related issues, and assist in processing daily events, traumatic events and those events related to their placement. 
  • Arrange for and take youth to the doctor, dentist, and other appointments. 
  • Dispense and document the administration of prescribed and over-the-counter medications. 
  • Assist in the planning, ordering, and preparation of healthy meals and snacks in the home. 
  • Support the participation of youth in spiritual development activities in the home and through services and programs offered by the Spiritual Development staff.   
  • Support the education of youth in care, participate in teacher conferences and provide assistance with homework as needed. 
  • Support participation in academic, athletic and social extracurricular activities. 
  • Ensure that the recreational needs of each child/youth are met, including participation in age appropriate activities in the community. 
  • Promote age-appropriate independence through instruction and coaching on self-care skills and participation in age-appropriate skill development activities. 
  • Manage agency funds, resources and equipment, assigned to and for their use, safely and according to agency policy and procedures. 
  • Complete required documentation to promote safe child care and sound home management.
  • Ensure all facilities and equipment are clean, organized and maintained. 

WORKING CONDITIONS 

This is a 24-hour per day live-in position with a living space provided. Housing should be discussed and agreed upon at acceptance of employment. The typical schedule is seven days on and seven days off with no paid holidays as holidays are incorporated into the regular schedule. Home Parents are on duty throughout the waking hours but are able to rest or take care of personal matters when youth are not in their care such as while attending school. Home Parents must be available to return to duty if youth need to return home for care. Home Parents are provided with a sleeping period each day when all youth have retired for the night. Although a night attendant is on duty on most nights, Home Parents must be in the home during the sleeping period and be available to respond to needs of youth that may arise during the sleeping hours.  Generally the working hours for each Home Parent will not exceed forty hours per week. The Home Parents' schedule will be determined by the employee's supervisor. Most duties are performed on the assigned campus, but transportation of residents to activities and events in the local community is frequent. Out of town and overnight trips may be required. MCH provides an agency vehicle for the transportation of residents for all activities and events. A technology stipend is provided to support the communication requirements of this position. 

EDUCATION/LICENSURE 

Home Parents must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Further education and experience in child care-related fields are preferred. 

TRAINING 

Training hours must be completed annually to comply with licensing and accreditation standards, as well as MCH policy. The employee's supervisor may require additional training to meet specific job requirements or enhance professional growth. Completion of training requirements is mandatory for continued employment. 

OTHER 

Home Parents must be at least 21 years of age and have a valid Texas Driver's License, an excellent driving record that meets the standards set forth by the liability insurance company and Methodist Children's Home, no criminal history and acceptable references.   

CLOSING STATEMENT

I have reviewed the job description for the position of Home Parent and understand I must be able to perform the duties outlined above. The Physical Demands/Requirements of the position are provided in another document and discussed at hire. I understand that due to the complexities of the position all duties and responsibilities may not be outlined in this job description and the duties and responsibilities of this position are subject to change.  I understand I am employed at will and may be discharged at any time without notice or cause and that I will be required to leave MCH housing upon notice by MCH.