Live-In Relief Parent

SOS Children's Villages Illinois

About the organization

At SOS Children’s Villages Illinois, we are committed to providing safe, stable, loving homes for children in the foster care system with a focus on keeping siblings together. We do this by keeping brothers and sisters together in an individual home in the care of a full-time, Professional Foster Parent. In doing so, we lay the foundation for rebuilding trust, confidence, and hope for each child in our care.

For over 25 years, SOS Children’s Villages Illinois has provided the highest quality of care for Illinois’ most vulnerable children and families. We are the first self-funded SOS organization in the United States. Since our beginning, we have carried on the successful track record of SOS-Kinderdorf International in transforming children with a broken childhood into caring, productive, self-reliant adults. In addition, we have pioneered a number of successful programs such as providing SOS Children continued support as they enter young adulthood.


The Live-In Relief Parent (LIRP) lives on the Village (at Chicago Village) in an apartment provided by SOS Children’s Villages Illinois (SOS Illinois). The role of the LIRP is to provide full-time support and assistance to the Professional Foster Parents at any of the three Villages.

As a key support staff they will support and enhance the care to children to assist in the growth, skill development, and nurturing of children in SOS Illinois foster homes. They will serve in the parents’ absence and/or in combination with the parents and/or foster parents in providing a support system to meet the children’s needs. Provide tools and activities for educational development and enhancement in the absence or in conjunction with the foster parents.

The Live-In Relief Parent may spend time taking children in their care to appointments or activities including visitations with biological parents.

The Live-In Relief Parent is a part of the Village community and is expected to participate in Village meetings and be a part of the neighborhood in addition to the job responsibilities. While housed at Chicago Village, you may be asked to work at other Villages for Relief hours and/or meetings and activities.

This role full-time and hours may vary but expect a minimum of 40 hours per week of active Relief work. The role is expected to start as part-time prior to move-in. Upon move-in, employment will adjust to full-time salaried.


1. Must be at least 23 year of age.

2. Previous childcare experience.

3. High school diploma (or equivalent) or beyond.

4. Valid Illinois driver's license with acceptable driving record and proof of automobile insurance coverage.

5. Good verbal and written communications skills.

6. Ability to learn and support SOS behavior management program.

7. Reliable, punctual, and able to manage multiple tasks.

8. Ability to work in an alcohol, tobacco, drug, and firearm free environment.

9. Ability to work flexible hours.

10. Ability to handle sensitive and confidential materials.

9. Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment.

10. Commitment to SOS philosophy and mission.

11. Ability to adhere to SOS housing agreements.


$23,660 Annually

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