Professional Foster Parent

SOS Children's Villages Illinois

About the organization

SOS Children’s Villages Illinois offers an innovative approach to traditional foster care. Our model of care gives children the opportunity to live in a nurturing, stable, single-family home with their brothers and sisters in the care of a full-time, professionally trained Foster Parent in one of our Villages. Children benefit from the stability of remaining with their siblings as well as the support of neighboring SOS Illinois Foster Parents and the entire community.

Duties

Provide a healthy, clean, safe and secure home environment for the children.
Develop, in conjunction with the child's case manager and other key team members, and implement individual progress plans.
Ensure that the children receive proper medical, dental and emotional care.
Administer prescribed medications as needed, and document all such interactions. Complete all required documentation related to medical incidents/reports, and medication management as required by the Agency and DCFS.
Ensure the educational growth of their children. A pro-active attitude and response is required which requires: active participation in the school; setting expectations for attendance and performance; active participation in homework and enrichment programs; advocating for children’s needs; willingness to serve as a surrogate parent for special education needs.
Ensure the child's participation in mental health services as required.
Act as primary advocate for the children in your care, including attending court visits, Administrative Case Reviews, and related conferences as required.
Maintain timely and accurate records such as household budget, children's progress records, health records and periodic evaluations.
Maintain household budgets at or below designated levels for all budgeted line items.
Participate in on-going training and maintaining current certifications such as first aid and CPR, TCI, Med. Administration, etc.
Transporting children as needed.

Qualifications

SOS Illinois is looking for nurturing individuals, domestic partners, or married couples interested in devoting their lives to the profession of Foster Parent, who are:

Experienced with children, either as parents or by working with children in another environment
Adept at supporting the needs of behaviorally complex children with a history of mental, emotional, or physical trauma
Able to discipline fairly and willing to learn behavior-management skills
Skilled in managing a household and a budget
Self-sufficient thinkers with a collaborative spirit and positive outlook on life
Beyond the minimum criteria and experience, successful SOS Illinois Foster Parents excel by possessing the following qualities:

Adaptability: Becoming an SOS Illinois Foster Parent is a lifestyle change. Having the ability to swiftly settle into your new home and environment is essential to being as responsive and supportive to your children as possible—from day one—no matter the challenge or change.

Patience: All of our children have endured some sort of deep trauma. SOS Illinois Foster Parents have the patience and fortitude that helps heal the deep emotional, mental, and sometimes physical wounds of abused and neglected children whose families are in crisis.

Positivity: We all have our good days and our bad days. SOS Illinois Foster Parents are treasured optimists who can see the silver lining in a less positive situation or turn any frown into a smile.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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