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House Parent Job Description


LOCATION: The Refuge Ranch, Bastrop TX
START DATE: June 2018


To act as a parent, advocate, life skills teacher, and role model for the children of the Refuge Ranch DMST. To provide a structured nurturing home environment that promotes inclusiveness and fosters a sense of belonging, life skills, education, and acculturation with preserving the child's own culture. Be responsible in ensuring safety at all times through close supervision and high interaction with children and youth, implement agency and program policies and procedures, and philosophy.



Supervised by: Family Resource Manager

Supervises:  Support Staff



  • Complete program RIDE pre-service training and meet competency criteria as well as maintaining mandatory annual training hours
  • Successfully complete initial Home Study process, quarterly monitoring visits and 2 year re-validation
  • Assist children and youth in the acculturation process to ensure successful functioning within the home, work, community, and school environments
  • Responsible for promoting the development of life, and academic skills to all children and youth in the home
  • Responsible for consistent implementation of daily schedule that creates life skills teaching opportunities
  • Promotes vocational and educational learning opportunities to include cooking meals with children.
  • Responsible for creating a warm, welcoming learning environment
  • Ensure individual service plan goals, objectives and strategies are implemented on a daily basis
  • Be responsible for timely and accurate communication within program, i.e., incident reports., verbal reports, shift documentation
  • Responsible that all administrative duties be carried out in a timely manner
  • Advocate for children and youth by working closely with school personnel, therapist, physician, psychiatrist and other key professionals to ensure children's needs are being met
  • Operate home within the budget.
  • Host children and youths relatives and friends to promote family and community connections as applicable.
  • Must be able to multi-task and manage time
  • Collaborate with support staff in the daily management of the home
  • Coordinates, implements and engages with children and youth in family oriented recreational activities (requires high level of verbal and physical interaction) promoting family fun and healthy lifestyles, such as Yoga, and equine therapy.
  • Supervises residents in their daily activities while creating a safe and nurturing home environment;
  • Provides transportation for residents to legal and medical appointments, activity outings, etc.
  • Ensure all children and youths basic needs and rights are met in a humane and dignified manner at all times
  • Be present to celebrate with the children and youth during all key holidays and personal achievements such as such as birthdays, Christmas, Easter, graduations, etc.
  • Collaborate with Case Manager on developmental needs
  • Participate in regular consultation treatment team meetings to discuss children and youths service plans, progress and challenges
  • Collaborate with program staff as need in relation to the needs of children and youth
  • Participate in supervisory meetings/trainings appropriate for job function
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Positive role model for youth and co-workers while promoting positive work environment
  • Consistent work attendance demonstrating strong work ethic
  • Must be willing to give and receive constructive feedback for skill development
  • Meet all program and model of care professional competencies



High School Diploma or equivalent



At least one year experience working with youth/children preferred

Preference:  Bi-lingual in English and Spanish

Must be able to read and write to complete professional documentation requirements

Basic Computer Skills



At least 25 years of age.

Regular and predictable attendance

Ability to work both independently and as an active team member

Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills

Maturity and sensitivity to cultural and individual differences

Ability to maintain professional demeanor while exercising judgment and discretion in work

Ability to follow oral and written instructions

Ability to read and interpret documents such as operating and maintenance instructions, procedure manuals, and professional journals

Ability to write reports and correspondence

Ability to maintain confidentiality

Ability to lift and/or move up to 40 pounds, and with proper training, be able to physically restrain youth

Ability to swiftly climb stairs and engage in recreational/physical activity

Commit to the mission, values, and goals of the Agency

Must reside full time in designated agency foster home



A valid Texas driver's license, ability to drive a van, maintain a clear driving record, and have proof of automobile liability insurance.



Must demonstrate ability to be culturally sensitive to all clients served

Must enjoy working with youth requiring high level of verbal and physical interaction

Must be able to work on a flexible schedule

Must be able to assist with emergency cases as needed



The process of becoming a House Parent/Respite Caregiver with THE REFUGE for DMST typically lasts between three and six months and includes these steps:

Certification Process
1.Participate in an informational orientation.

2.Submit a complete application and other documentation.

3.Complete the required on line trainings through DFPS website and print certificate and submit to Executive Director upon completion.

4.Participate in a home study.

5.Receive approval to be a verified house parent.

6.Must be at least 25 years of age.

7.Child Abuse Registry Check/Fingerprints – To be completed on all applicable household residents.

8.Employer – For each employed parent.

9.Safety Audit of the Home – To be completed by Executive Director or Family Resource Manager.

10.References – To be obtained before training process.

11.PRIDE Training – To receive a total of 35 hours required as well as information regarding the training schedule by the Executive Director.

12.First Aid, CPR and Blood-Born Pathogens Training – If currently certified in any of these areas, submit copies of your certification card.

13.Medical Clearance – Must be obtained for all household residents.

14.Budget form must be submitted with entire packet before starting PRIDE training.

15.Domestic Violence check on current address through police department.

THE REFUGE for DMST understands that the commitment to foster a child comes with great rewards — and great challenges.
•Respite caregiver relief

•Specialized trauma-informed training and 24-hour crisis intervention

•In-home support with support staff

To be considered for House Parent Certification with THE REFUGE for DMST.
We want to hear from you! The first step to becoming a house parent with THE REFUGE for DMST is to participate in an informational orientation.
Informational orientations are available throughout the Greater Austin area. Registration is required to attend.




TO APPLY: please send resume and cover letter to