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The Children's Home, Inc/

Cottage Parent

The Children's Home, Inc/
Winston Salem, North Carolina, United States

Date Posted: 07/28/2016
Categories: House Parent
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

The Children's Home, Inc/                  Winston Salem, North Carolina, United States

Date Posted:
                         House Parent - Other                                            
Job Type:


            Job Description:

We are Called to Serve Children AS THEY ARE.  Join us on our 212-acre campus, located on the edge of downtown Winston- Salem, NC in providing a safe, healing, stable, homelike environment for our children.  Consider service at The Children's Home, part of your personal journey.


Position:                                 House Parent


Responsible to:                      Residential Director


Position Purpose:                  Under the direction and supervision of the Residential Director and according to the treatment plans outlined by the team, House Parents provide a therapeutic group experience for children and families receiving residential services at The Children’s Home.


Status:                                     Exempt



  1. Prefer Qualified Professional credential which includes: Master degree in a human services or related field from an accredited college or university and a minimum of one year supervised clinical experience working with children and families; or Bachelor degree in a human services or related field from an accredited college or university with two years post-graduate experience working with children and adolescents. 
  2. Ability to work 7 days on and 7 days off.
  3. Knowledge of child development and/or prior experience working with at risk populations preferred.
  4. Demonstrated ability to use sound discretion and independent judgment developing and implementing decisions.
  5. Demonstrated ability to operate well in crisis situations.
  6. Experience in a residential group care setting preferred
  7. Knowledge of independent living skills curriculums strongly preferred
  8. Demonstrated knowledge of cultural issues that can effect treatment.
  9. Demonstrated ability to work well with others; flexible (including work days and schedule).
  10. Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  11. Physical adeptness to perform all job duties, including the use of physical restraints
  12. Agrees with and adheres to the General Principles and Qualifications, Section # 401, in the Personnel Policies of The Children's Home


Job Responsibilities

General Requirements for all House Parents

Technical Skills

  • Adheres to the Agency’s commitment to the Sanctuary Model of Care,  S.E.L.F Model, Self Care, Seven Commitments and their respective tools to create a supportive, nurturing environment conductive to clients’  spiritual, social, educational. And emotional development.
    •    Demonstrate leadership skills that foster a positive, growth-enhancing therapeutic environment that promotes the development of healthy traits in program participants as well as self and other staff.
      • Participate in assessing and addressing clients’ and families’ spiritual, emotional, educational, cultural, recreational, physical, and independent living needs at each stage of development
      • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the developmental needs of children.
      • Demonstrates basic skills to complete daily tasks in the cottage, such as preparing meals, menu planning, completing food and household requisitions, maintaining the cleanliness of the program .
      • Administers medications to clients and appropriately documents the process with minimal error
      • Develop and implement a plan that models and teaches the value of developing healthy independent living skills, including appropriate social skills, cooking, proper nutrition, cleaning, taking care of personal property, appropriate rest,      personal hygiene, budgeting, and school/work/vocational skills.
      •  Assist in the provision of case management services to ensure a comprehensive array of needs are addressed, with an emphasis on health, safety, reduced repeat pregnancy, parenting skills, economic self-sufficiency, and independent living skills.
      • Provide consistent supervision to all children in care; plan for and monitor their activities, chores, school  work, and health needs as well as attend religious services scheduled while on duty.
      • Demonstrates adherence to confidentiality standards and client rights standards.


  • Demonstrates thorough understanding of clinical model adopted by program
  • Staff will continue to develop their clinical skills and knowledge through clinical supervision and through professional development plans, attending all required trainings and meetings, seeking additional growth and educational opportunities, and problem solving systems issues as they      arise.
  • Consistently implements the structure of the program, ensures clients follow program rules, attend and actively participate in planned activities, takes responsibility for planning additional activities, as well as enforcing program consequences.
  • Establish a therapeutic environment by brainstorming, utilizing and evaluating therapeutic interventions used with individual clients and groups to manage crisis situations, maintains safety and provide opportunities for client growth and development.


Documentation Skills

  • Completing all required documentation of services provided before the end of the shift. Documentation should be clear, free from errors and utilizes professional language where appropriate. Documentation shall also include documentation of services (notes), invoices, inventories, food preparation records, medication administration records etc.


Decision Making Skills

  • Demonstrate positive decision making skills when working with clients and developing strategies to meet treatment goals.
  • Displays positive decision making skills by implement program structure and rules          consistently, taking directions from supervisors and being able to work independently. 

Staff will always provide consistent supervision to children in care that meets the program’s staff to client ratio requirement. Provides age appropriate structure and respectful responses to clients/families under stress resolving conflicts in a non-violent manner


 Analytical Skills

  • Identify effective ways to work with specific individuals, families and groups.
  • Actively problem solves and gets help regarding systems issues that affect the client.
  • Use information from the bio-psycho-social to provide services that are based on the client/family strengths, preferences and needs.



  • Provides culturally sensitive services by demonstrating knowledge of cultural issues that affect populations being served.
  • Displays ability to be self-aware.


Interpersonal Skills

  • Develop and maintain a positive team environment through effective      interpersonal and communication skills.  Maintain a positive team oriented attitude, partnering with team      members, assisting with providing coverage.
  • Demonstrates the ability to receive feedback in a positive manner
  • Utilize effective communication and interpersonal skills to partner with staff, families and other providers who work with clients to promote active treatment and relapse prevention
  • Staff will maintain positive professional relationships with all families served



Practice ethically and professionally whenever representing The Children’s Home.  This will include knowing and following all employee policies and procedures and standards of practice


Quality Improvement

  • Ensure the provision of quality services through participation in The Children’s Home’s Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) process.
  • Ensure compliance with all applicable standards of practice.
  • Actively promote the mission, values, and purpose of The Children’s Home.


Program Specific Requirements for Shelter Services

  • Shall complete at least 24 hours of continuing education annually.
  • Shall demonstrate the ability to provide a daily schedule of activities to meet the needs of the youth, which allows time for privacy and individual pursuits.
  • Shall demonstrate the ability to consider each child an unique individual, providing opportunities which take into consideration each child’s ethnic and cultural backgrounds
  •  Shall demonstrate the ability to instruct and supervise each child in personal care, hygiene and grooming appropriate for the age, sex, race and developmental capacity of the child.

 PHYSICAL DEMANDS   Medium      Position involves lifting no more than 50 pounds at a time with frequent lifting or carrying of objects

      weighing up to 20 pounds.

  • Frequent walking, standing, and sitting
  • Frequent reaching and/or grasping using hands and/or arms
  • Frequent use of hands requiring dexterity in using the telephone, computer keyboard, or other objects.
  • Visual ability including distance, peripheral and depth perception     
  • Ability to drive
  • Regularly required to talk and hear.
  • Ability to spend long periods of time standing, bending, stooping, and walking around the facility while supervising and/or participating in the activities and assisting in the movement of the residents.
  • Accompany residents on field trips requiring the physical stamina to walk a least a mile.
  • Able to climb stairs repeatedly
  • Job requires physical stamina; agility required to manage young, active clients.
  • Must be able to perform restraints

 The above list is not all-inclusive. Other responsibilities may become necessary in the course of working routines and therefore be required.