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Volunteer Respite Caregiver 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.   



  • Complete program PRIDE pre-service training and meet competency criteria as well as maintain mandatory annual training hours;
  • Successfully complete initial Home Study process, quarterly monitoring visits and two-year re-validation;
  • Assist youth in the acculturation process to ensure successful functioning within the home, work, community, and school environments;
  • Promote the development of life and academic skills to all youth in the home;
  • Consistently implement daily schedule that creates life skills teaching opportunities;
  • Promote vocational and educational learning opportunities to include cooking meals with children;
  • 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);
  • Carry out all administrative duties in a timely manner;
  • Advocate for youth by working closely with school personnel, therapist, physician, psychiatrist, and other key professionals to ensure youth’s needs are being met;
  • Collaborate with support staff in the daily management of the home;
  • Coordinate, implement, and engage with youth in family-oriented recreational activities;
  • Supervise youth in their daily activities while creating a safe and nurturing home environment;
  • Provide transportation for residents to legal and medical appointments, activity outings, etc;
  • Ensure all youths’ basic needs and rights are met in a humane and dignified manner at all times;
  • Collaborate with Case Manager on developmental needs;
  • Participate in Circle of Care treatment team meetings to discuss youths’ service plans, progress, and challenges;
  • Collaborate with program staff as needed in relation to the needs of the youth; and
  • Other duties as assigned.




High school diploma or equivalent.

Minimum age of 25 years old.

Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred.

Knowledge of social work principles and ethics.

Experience working with adolescents and families and/or at-risk youth.



  • Must have reliable transportation, valid Texas driver’s license, and valid vehicle insurance.
  • Position requires driving in personal vehicle and/or agency vehicle to include freeways and highways to satellite offices, offsite meetings, and events as needed.
  • Must be able to work on a flexible schedule as needed to meet work, program, and project deadlines. 


  • Requires contact by telephone, written communication, and in-person with state agency personnel, foster families, families of house parents, and reunification related agencies.

Equipment Used

  • Desktop computer, laptop computer, telephone, calculator, fax machine, and/or copier. 

Working Conditions

  • Work is carried out in several settings, including office, homes, and various recreational settings.
  • Occasional evening or weekend hours may be required.  
  • Mandatory attendance to team meetings once per week.  
  • Travel anticipated between sites, home office, and event venues.

Physical Requirements

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand.  The employee is occasionally required to walk.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus

Mental and Aptitude Requirements

  • Ability to remain productive and maintain control under stress.
  • Ability to collaborate with others in a non-coercive manner.
  • Ability to analyze and organize systems.
  • Ability to listen, speak, and write effectively.
  • Ability to use problem-solving and decision-making skills.

Must look out for the safety and wellbeing of the youth in care by reporting any issues of abuse or neglect suspected at any time to your immediate supervisor, Regional Director of Quality Assurance, and to the DFPS Hotline at 1-800-252-5400.


This job description in no way implies that the duties listed here are the only ones the employee will be required to perform. The employee may be expected to perform other tasks, projects, and training as requested by his or her supervisor. 

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