Therapeutic Foster Parents

Submitted on Wednesday, 10/19/2022 - 2:43 pm

HULL SERVICES – POSITION OPENING

Hull Services has an organizational commitment to pursuing truth and reconciliation, decolonization and anti-oppression.

 

The Position:

Hull Services is looking for Therapeutic Foster Parents for our Therapeutic Foster Caregiving Program (TFC).  TFC is a trauma-informed, transitional program for youth aged 13-17 years old who are in the care of Alberta Children’s Services. TFC is a family-based placement program aimed at supporting youth with complex needs as an alternative to congregate care settings.  These youth benefit from specialized caregiving and a team approach so they can successfully transition to their family home or forever home.

The therapeutic caregiver is the primary change agent, creating safety and relationship with youth while working with the youth and their team to promote their self regulation, strengthen their meaningful natural connections, acquire skills and transition successfully to their home.

Compensation:

Therapeutic Caregivers are compensated through a ​tax-free stipend that covers the basic care needs of the foster youth and reflects the acquired skills and the responsibilities required of you in this role:​

$110 per night takes into account

  • Daily living costs, clothing, youth allowance, personal care items
  • Caregiver skill fee

 

The program also compensates individuals for specialized agency training and respite care.

As a Therapeutic Caregiver, you:

  • Would open your home to a youth and acting as critical member of a Therapeutic Care Team. Therapeutic Caregivers are expected to actively participate in cultural planning, work with the youth’s natural supports, implement treatment interventions and support permanency planning.
  • Are not expected to act as the guardian or sole decision maker of youth placed in your home. Instead, Therapeutic Foster Parents work cooperatively with the youth, the youth’s guardian, family, cultural leaders, and Therapeutic Care Team to plan and implement clinically guided goals and interventions aimed at successful transitions.
  • Will be supported with specialized training and a support model aimed at developing the confidence and competence needed in meeting the complex needs of youth while acting as a critical member of the Therapeutic Care Team. Prior to placement, all caregivers receive government training to become a licensed foster parent, followed by specialized agency training.
  • Are compensated at a higher level than conventional foster parents and are supported with intensive training, clinical oversight, 24-hour crisis support, as well as in home coaching, mentorship, and advocacy.
  • Therapeutic Caregivers demonstrate proficiency in the English language; they hold a valid drivers license and a reliable vehicle.

Qualifications/ Requirements:

You are a single adult, or couple, who: 

  • Is a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident
  • Rent or own a home with residing occupants 12 years old, or older
  • Are physically and emotionally capable of a providing, quality full time care for a youth with trauma impacted needs
  • Possess a stable income
  • Prior experience working with youth is an asset
  • Previous experience in a social services role preferred
  • A Police Information Check, which includes a vulnerable sector search, is required (or is in process of being completed) prior to employment.
  • A Child Intervention Record Check is required upon commencement of employment.

How To Apply:

  • If interested, please forward your expression of interest to nmolesky@hullservices.ca
  • Please indicate “Your Full Name – Therapeutic Foster Parents” in the subject line of your email.

The application will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

 At Hull, one of our core values is Inclusion and we seek to understand people’s lived experience, holding a deep respect for their unique backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities, cultures and identities. It is our desire to humbly build trust and mutual respect with the people we serve who have often been marginalized and oppressed for their differences. To achieve this, Hull seeks open, self-aware individuals who reflect the diversity of those we serve and can help us build a safe, healthy, inclusive culture. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, place of origin, religious beliefs, gender, gender identity, gender expression, physical disability, mental disability, marital status, family status, or sexual orientation.