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Volunteer Respite Caregiver Job Description


Job Summary

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.    Will be available to assume these responsibilities in the absence of House Parents and Therapeutic Child Care Staff



  • Meet competency criteria as well as maintain mandatory annual training hours;
  • 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, required. Bachelor’s degree in social services preferred.
  • Experience working with adolescents and families and/or at-risk youth, preferably in a residential treatment setting.
  • Must be able to participate in the Highlighting System.
  • Must be self-motivated and possess good communication skills.
  • Ability to function in a fast-paced environment.
  • Must be 21 years of age with a valid/current driver’s license.
  • Must be able to pass drug test and criminal background check.
  • Must be physically able to use authorized Crisis Intervention techniques                   


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 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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