LIVE-IN THERAPEUTIC FOSTER PARENTS NEEDED
Founded by Bob Sherwood and Lillias DeLom, White Rabbit Treatment Homes has been providing therapeutic treatment foster care services to child and youth throughout the Golden Horseshoe since 1997. Motivated by their cherished experiences as foster parents, founders Bob and Lillias recognized the importance of providing family-based, parent modelled treatment opportunities for children and youth with behavioural, emotional, psychological and social challenges. But more importantly, they recognized the crucial importance of providing caregivers with 24/7 support from skilled agency staff who have direct hands-on experience with behaviour management.
White Rabbit Treatment Homes is currently accepting applications for live-in therapeutic foster parents. Opportunities to foster a child either in your home or in a furnished home provided are currently available.
- Making a positive impact on children and youth
- Tax-free per diem of up to $7,700 a month to assist in caring for children’s needs plus additional expenses covered (medical, recreation, camp, respite, clothing, etc)
- 48 hours minimum respite support provided on a monthly basis
- Programme support offered by well respected and expert Clinical Psychologist, providing sound clinical advice for the agency in addition to psychological and behavioural assessments (as required) for children and youth placed in White Rabbit homes
- Close supervision and exceptional support offered by long-standing members of the agency team
- In-home support by Child and Youth Worker staff who provide direct care service and support to children, youth and foster parents
- On-going professional development opportunities and trainings, including Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI), First-aid & CPR and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST), Indigenous cultural training and more
- 24 hour, 365 day crisis management support offered by skilled professionals
- Work from home and maintain a flexible schedule
- Access to child-centered programming opportunities including life skills groups, employment training programs, recreational programming
- Annual recognition and gratitude events for foster parents and support teams, including annual Quality of Care bonus for foster parents
- Agency wide events and activities which foster a sense of community and inclusivity for foster parents, staff, children and youth.
- Access to Section 23 classrooms (supportive small classroom settings) operated in collaboration with the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board
- Employment Assistance Program available for additional private support / counselling
- Mileage assistance
- Teach and role model appropriate, socially adaptive behaviours and coping strategies
- Teach life skills and motivate youth to engage through interaction and modelling
- Follow White Rabbit policies, procedures and direction provided
- Work collaboratively with White Rabbit and community agencies included in child’s support team
- Provide leadership and supervise youth to ensure a safe, clear and comfortable home environment
- Completion of daily logs and report concerns as required
- Administer and monitor medications, maintaining administration records as required
- Liaise with community partners and those invested in the children’s lives
- Attend on-going professional development trainings as required
- Maintain a clean and organized home, providing nutritious meals and a warm, welcoming environment
- Support child’s relationships with family and significant others in their lives
- Experience working with children and youth displaying challenging behaviours and demonstrate a proven ability to be balanced and appropriate under stress
- Have genuine interest in providing care, possessing a positive attitude and self-motivation
- A parent must be available for the children 24 hours a day (ex: if the home has two parents, one parent does not work outside of the home or employment schedules of parents are coordinated for one parent to be available to youth at all times)
- Valid driver’s license, insurance and safe vehicle. Current driver’s abstract to be provided
- Educational diploma and/or degree if applicable
- Completion and participation in a Personal Evaluation and S.A.F.E homestudy
- Current Vulnerable Sector Police Check for applicants and anyone residing in the home over 18. Applications to be provided by White Rabbit.
- Medical authorization from your primary care physician indicating suitability for fostering and caring for others
- Reference Checks (3 letters of reference for single applicants and 5 letters of reference for couples supporting your suitability for fostering)
- A protection records check to be submitted and completed by the local child welfare agency
If interested, please reply to this posting or contact the email noted below. Only suitable applicants will be considered.
Job Types: Full-time, Volunteer, Permanent
Salary: Up to $7,700.00 per month
White Rabbit Treatment Homes follows strict protocols as directed by Hamilton Public Health Services and the Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services.