Professional Foster Parents will:
- Secure and maintain foster home licensing, subject to all of the rules and regulations established (and changed from time-to-time) by DFPS Licensing. The primary caregiver must not work outside the home.
- Maintain a therapeutic, healing environment for youth victims of trauma. Two to three children are expected to be placed.
- Attend all trainings required by the funder and agency for serving this population. This training may include Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), training on trafficking, Motivational Interviewing, and other requirements.
- Demonstrate clear progress against an assertive treatment plan. The treatment plan can be expected to include items above-and-beyond a “typical” treatment plan for a youth in the foster care system. Some automatic components of a treatment plan in this project will include:
- The Professional Foster Parent meeting with the case manager monthly.
- Individual counseling for client
- Group counseling/support sessions for client
- Support group sessions for the therapeutic foster community
- Once youth is stabilized, an expectation to help the client prepare for adulthood through intensive means (attending Preparation for Adult Living classes, ensuring youth has a resume, supporting the youth in finding a job, supporting the youth in learning how to use public transportation, open a bank account, etc.).
- Provide substitute care for other caregivers in the therapeutic foster community.
- Maintain supportive relationships with, participate in programming during, and accept back into their home, youth requiring in-patient psychiatric or brief juvenile justice detention. 24 hour discharge notice will not be executed for these scenarios or for youth on runaway status, without the agreement of El Paso Center for Children.
- Participate in outreach and public education to audiences that may yield additional foster homes, donors, or other support for clients.
- Educate organizations that have contact with youth, encouraging them to adopt trafficking screening measures.
- Maintain positive and professional relationships with agency staff and fellow members of the therapeutic foster community.
- Maintain detailed files in accordance with standards and regulations and ensures on-line systems for file and client management have updated information.
- Bachelor’s degree in human services or related field (child development, social work, counseling, secondary education, special education, nursing, psychology, etc.) plus two years of experience in a human services field. Three years of experience may be substituted for up to one year of education. Ten years of successful foster care experience with teens may be substituted for the formal education requirement.
- The Professional Foster Parent may not have another job outside the home. Home-based employment may be considered if it can support requirements needed for the foster care role, including unanticipated daytime obligations to go to schools, doctor’s and EPCC’s offices and others.
- Must have at least two separate bedrooms in the home available for providing care for two foster youth (there is no guarantee of placement of a child or children in the home and no guarantee for how long the placement will last).
- Must complete Child Protective Services’ and El Paso Center for Children’s minimum requirements for becoming a licensed foster home prior to being hired and being eligible for salary/benefits compensation. Some of these include a satisfactory home visit report and an affidavit attesting that the candidate has reviewed and will commit to some of the baseline requirements for becoming a foster parent and that they are confident that there will be no barriers to becoming licensed.
- Demonstrate excellent judgment and reliability in position responsibilities.
- Must not have more than 1 minor biological, adopted or custody of another child in the home. No other child in the home may be male over the age of 9.
Though the spouse/partner of this employee has no employment status with the El Paso Center for Children, this person is mandated by childcare licensing standards to meet certain criteria, including a clean criminal background child abuse registry checks, satisfactory physical exam and TB test, attending trainings, and other requirements for becoming a foster parent. Some of these must be completed prior to employment. El Paso Center for Children may have additional requirements for the spouse/partner, that may apply prior to or during the term of employment. Details regarding all requirements applicable for the spouse/partner will be provided prior to the offer of employment.