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Cookson Hills Christian Ministries

Respite House Parent

Cookson Hills Christian Ministries
Kansas, Oklahoma, United States


Date Posted: 08/30/2012
Categories: House Parent - Social Services
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:
Cookson Hills offers residential education and thereapeutic services to children and families. A one thousand acre campus nestled in the hills of northeast Oklahoma provide a rustic and restorative setting for both children and staff to thrive.

All children actively engage in therapeutic services that include equine assisted therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and/or play therapy as may be needed.

A well developed recreational and athletic program enable all students to participate in age appropriate organized athletic activities including football, volleyball, basketball and ranch rodeo events. Additional family and small group based recreational activities provide children a wealth of other interesting pursuits including hiking, exploring, wilderness camping, high and low ropes, rock climbing, horsemanship, canoeing, swimming and numerous other 4H type activities.

A year round ACSI accredited educational program earns ACT test composite average scores ranking our high school in the top 10% of all Oklahoma high schools while Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) scores reveal that, on average, students advance 1.50 years on grade level equivalency scores per year.

Our unique community of care includes four core elements:
• Family style living,
• ACSI accredited and highly individualized education,
• Professional counseling and
• Robust recreational opportunities.
These four programs are infused with our unique blend of trauma informed relational efforts to offer a child an extremely well rounded chance to make peace with their past, embrace their present and prepare for their future.

Houseparent Qualifications: A Christian couple with good communication and interpersonal skills, teachable, fair, discerning, honest, good housekeeping and organizational skills. College preferred, High school grad or equivalent required.

Primary Tasks: Provide a family like environment wherein children can learn basic life skills, effective interpersonal skills,, observe healthy parental models, gain a sense of belonging and safety, and esperience unconditional love and support. Cooperate with supervisory support team to accomplish the child's goals of placement. Follow a daily schedule to meet the children’s needs, document significant occurrences, complete monthly progress reports, provide opportunity for community participation. Provide guidance in money management, supervise and help with household chores. Plan and implement daily devotions with family group, assist with homework, maintain an atmosphere of love, acceptance, and order in the cottage.

Secondary Tasks: Maintain home in a clean and orderly manner, care for minor illnesses, train children in household management, keep the exterior of the house clean, orderly, and in good repair. Houseparents may be assigned other duties in support of other ministry objectives as needed.