At SOS Children’s Villages Illinois, we are committed to providing safe, stable, loving homes. 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.
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.
Each Village offers comprehensive services including: individual and group counseling, mentoring, and educational and cultural enrichment opportunities. This highly supportive setting provides children a sense of safety, security, and community, encouraging them on their journey toward healing and reaching their fullest potential.
Because Foster Parents are the foundation of the SOS Illinois model, successful Relief Parents must be passionate and dedicated to contributing to the creation of stable home lives for our children. By creating a stable home life, SOS Illinois Foster and Relief Parents help children overcome devastating pasts and gain confidence about their world and their dreams for the future.
The Relief Parent’s primary duty is to provide on-call relief to Foster Parents. In the Foster Parent’s absence he or she is responsible for providing "parental" supervision, monitoring, care, and direction for the children consistent with the Foster Parent's methodology. Relief Parents also assist Foster Parents in providing transportation of children to recreational activities, homework assistance and therapy, and additional supervision.
1. A high school diploma or equivalent.
2. Valid Illinois driver's license with acceptable driving record and proof of automobile insurance coverage.
3. Must be at least 21 years of age.
4. DCFS (Department of Children and Family Services) background clearance
5. DCFS medical clearance
6. Ability to work in the following Village(s): Lockport, Southside of Chicago (7600 S. Parnell), Roosevelt Square (1200 W. Roosevelt)
7. Ability to work in an alcohol, tobacco, and drug-free environment
Additional Skills and Experience
1. Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgement.
2. Previous childcare experience.
3. Good verbal and written communications skills.
4. Reliable, punctual, and able to manage multiple tasks.
5. Ability to learn and support SOS Illinois behavior management program.
6. Ability to work flexible hours.
7. Commitment to SOS Illinois philosophy and mission.
ADA STATEMENT: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the person assigned to this position. Position responsibilities are intended to describe those functions that are essential to the performance of this job. This position description does not state or imply that the above are the only duties and responsibilities assigned to this position. Employees holding this position will be required to perform any other job-related duties requested by management. All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with a disability.
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