Family Based Care

Website Casa de Esperanza

Casa de Esperanza’s Residential Program recruits foster parents for our Family Based Care program who have a desire to serve children ages birth through six years old who have been abused, neglected, or are HIV-exposed/positive.  Our neighborhood brings together interns and Family Based Care foster parents to live and work with some of our society’s most vulnerable children.  Care is provided in the Residential Program’s agency foster homes.

Responsibilities include daily care of the children, household management, and the coordination of medical appointments and therapy sessions.  Family Based Care foster parents also work with caseworkers, psychological staff and community volunteers on a routine basis to ensure that the children in placement receive the highest quality of care.

Ensuring the safety of the children in placement and meeting their emotional and developmental needs are the primary responsibilities of Family Based Care foster parents. There is only one reason a child ever comes to Casa de Esperanza – because they are not safe. Almost all children arrive having experienced trauma, neglect or chaos in their short lives.  Their need for safety, stability and reassurance is immediate and often intense. The children require a great deal of time, energy and emotional resources from their foster parents.

Minimum Qualifications At least 21 years of age
Willingness to make a three month to one-year commitment
Minimum of a high school diploma or GED
Good general health, with a high energy level
Able to lift 35 – 40 pounds
Read and speak English proficiently
Pass a criminal history and background check and drug screening
Have an interest in caring for children with special needs resulting from abuse, neglect, or the effects of HIV
Ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with others
Flexibility and Patience
Valid U.S. Driver’s License

ResponsibilitiesBecome the licensed foster parent living in an agency foster home
Single Family Based Care providers will typically care for two children, couples will typically care for four to five children.
Provide 24-hour care to the children in the home.
Provide the highest level of care possible to each child placed in home
Support the children’s primary attachments to biological parents and promote skills to develop healthy attachments
Participate as a team member in the development and implementation of the child’s Plan of Service and therapeutic recommendations
Communicate regularly with supervisors and the children’s caseworker regarding their welfare
Complete household duties including, but not limited to:  cooking, cleaning, laundry, and maintaining the house and vehicle.
Transport and participate in medical and therapy appointments.
Complete all necessary paperwork in a timely manner.
Complete 2-week pre-service training and complete 20 hours of ongoing training annually
Follow the policies of Casa de Esperanza (including the discipline policy) at all times
Corporal punishment is never allowed in Casa de Esperanza foster homes.

Compensation and BenefitsHousing
Monthly stipend commensurate with past personal and professional experience
Health Insurance
Life Insurance
Two weeks paid vacation per year

To apply, please contact Jordan Chismar at 713-818-0130 or 713-529-0639 or via email at jchismar@casahope.org

To apply for this job email your details to jchismar@casahope.org