Lawrence Hall
  • Foster Care
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • Other

Make a difference in the life of a child! Become a foster parent with Lawrence Hall Youth Services, a first rate, reputable child welfare agency serving at-risk youth and their families through residential treatment, education, foster care and older adolescent programs. Under the direction of the Vice President of Foster Care, the Treatment Foster Family Home (TFFH) Foster Parent will provide stabilizing care for up to four (4) adolescent youth between the ages of 10 and 14 who have complex clinical problem such as behavioral and/or mental health problems or a history of mental health issues or multiple placements. Youth may step down from residential or correctional juvenile facilities or be discharged from psychiatric hospitalization. The TFFH Foster Parent will maintain residence on site in an agency owned property and carry out daily routines and responsibilities to promote permanency, stability and well-being. The TFFH Foster Parent will adhere to DCFS and Lawrence Hall Youth Services rules, policies, and procedures, including 402 Licensing Standards. As a resident of the Treatment Home the Foster Parent waives the right to reject placement or demand immediate removal of a child without consultation with the treatment team, and there is at least one caregiver available at all times to actively participate in services and supports as an integral member of the child's treatment team.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provides a safe and nurturing environment
  • Maintains a clean and healthy living environment
  • Provides for basic physical (i.e. food, shelter, clothing) and emotional needs
  • Implements structure, routine, and appropriate limits (i.e. household chores)
  • Demonstrates basic knowledge and understanding of normal child and adolescent growth and development as well as the issues of grief, loss, and separation
  • Integrates the child in a family unit to include all family activities and promotes a healthy relationship in the family
  • Ensures personal hygiene (i.e. cleanliness, grooming)
  • Assists in developing life skills which promotes independence
  • Intervenes and redirects inappropriate behavior in proactive, non-physical ways
  • Provide close supervision and implement a structure for each youth in care.
  • Assures medical and dental care
  • Maintains documentation of all medications prescribed and administered
  • Maintains documentation of clothing and personal allowance given
  • Communicates information to and from educational providers and attends parent/teacher conferences
  • Ensures consistency in school attendance
  • Monitors and assists with completion of school assignments
  • Provides transportation to and from appointments for healthcare (i.e. medical, dental, vision), behavioral health, educational, support services, and others deemed appropriate for the welfare of the child
  • Cooperates with the child's goal, service plan, and visitation plan
  • Implements and follows the Individual Treatment and Crisis Intervention Plans
  • Keeps information regarding the child and his/her family confidential
  • Keeps the agency informed of progress, problems, and changes in the home
  • Immediately reports unusual incidents to the agency within 24 hours
  • Participates in all court hearings and Administrative Case Reviews as needed
  • Willing to accept emergency placements
  • Willing to provide respite to other children as assigned
  • Provides daily accounts of child's behavior to caseworker or supervisor
  • Participates in weekly meetings
  • Participates in ongoing training (26 hours per year minimum)
  • Takes an active role in facilitating parent/child visits and parent coaching/mentoring
  • May host in home trainings and support groups
  • Adheres to IL DCFS Part 402 Licensing Standards for Foster Family Homes
  • Maintains no outside employment. (Two-parent households are approvedone parent may have outside employment and one parent must be at home)

QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least 25 years of age
  • Completion of DCFS PRIDE and Educational Advocacy Training (33 hours)
  • Licensed under Illinois DCFS Rule 402 with no open complaints or holds
  • Completion of DCFS Training - Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma (15 hours)
  • High School diploma or equivalent, some college or college degree preferred
  • Minimum two years of Specialized Foster Parent or Residential Child Welfare experience required
  • Valid Illinois driver's license
  • Reliable transportation with valid vehicle insurance
  • No history of child abuse or neglect
  • No criminal bars to licensure
  • Completion of LHYS pre-service training including Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, First Aid and CPR

COMPENSATION

  • Single or two-parent family will reside in an agency owned property with all utilities paid by the agency. Foster Parent(s) will receive monthly board payments based on number of youth in placement.
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