Live-in Respite House Parent

Manatee Children's Services, Inc. MCS Child Advocacy Center
Job Description
Position requires Respite House Parent to live in the home form 5pm on Friday through 8am Monday morning. Private bedroom provided..
The position of respite houseparent is critical to the functioning of the group care program. House parent will assume the role of caregiver for children who may never have experienced an appropriate family setting.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Will prepare nutritional meals according to established menus or children’s special needs and NSLP program.
  • Will purchase and maintain food, clothing, household and personal items, etc.
  • Will educate/supervise and participate with children in basic household chores to help them become independent Such as; launder clothes, prepare menus, cook, clean house and perform light maintenance.
  • Make doctor and dental appointments and provide transportation to these appointments, if needed.
  • Will assist in the planning of daily activities and scheduled outings (with children's input when applicable)..
  • Assist children with homework and/or school projects.
  • Provide opportunities for community and recreational involvement.
  • Will promote health and safety of the children; administer prescribed medication, over the counter medication,
and first aid.
  • Will guide children regarding behavior, provide nurturing, comfort, support, stimulation, etc., with attention to
both the physical and emotional needs of the children.
  • Provide appropriate discipline using NO corporal punishment. Employees are to utilize discipline that is in alignment with NAPPI trained skills
  • Will provide opportunities for growth and development and make a commitment to each child.
  • Recognize and encourage each individual child's religious and ethnic heritage.
  •    Work with the MCS team to address, implement and complete independent living tasks and encourage vocational goals and needs of the children.
  • Will complete various reports and forms regarding facility and childcare according to DCF and MCS requirements. Such as; behavior modification tools, medication log sheets, required breakfast/lunch program documents, time sheets, purchase requests, and all other required documents.
  • Will participate in all staff meetings involving the youth in the residence.
  • Work with spreadsheets to record resident information.



  • Be willing to assist children getting to appointments, school and jobs as needed.
  • Maintain and model proper upkeep, routine maintenance and cleanliness of the home and its furnishings, submitting work orders for damages or repairs in a timely manner..
  • Ensure proper care and safe handling of all agency vehicles, following through with all maintenance as recommended by the Facilities Manager.
  • Attend required in-service trainings and other staff/program meetings as scheduled
  • Maintain confidentiality of the children in accordance with DCF and MCS policy
  • Respond to crises in a manner that serves to promote physical and emotional safety and well-being.
  • Perform other duties/tasks that may be assigned.

Typical Working Conditions:
Work is primarily conducted at the group homes. Noise level varies from moderate to loud.

Typical Physical Demands:


  • Ability to remain in a stationary position 50% of the time.
  • Ability to position self to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • Ability to climb stairs.
  • Ability to remain awake and alert at all times.
  • Ability to operate kitchen and household appliances.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle and transport children.
  • Ability to frequently move files weighing up to 20 pounds throughout the office space.
  • Ability to exert up to 50 pounds of force occasionally. Position is mostly standing and employee must be able to physically perform the de-escalation matrix as defined in accordance with NAPPI procedures when required in a physically confrontational situation.
  • Ability to perform CPR and First aid.
  • Ability to operate a computer and other office productivity machinery.
  • Perform basic skills in Microsoft Outlook, Excel, and Word.
  • Ability to frequently communicate with employees/customers/clients; and must be able to exchange accurate information by perceiving the nature of sound, near and far vision, and depth perception, providing oral and written information.
  • Ability to face a significant amount of emotional stress which can cause related physical stress.



  •  To induct children into the life of the House upon arrival, ensuring they have all the correct documentation and that these are signed, recorded and filed correctly. Adhere to policy and procedure in Shelter Manual.
  • Maintain various reports and forms regarding facility and childcare according to DCF, HIPPA and MCS requirements. For example; behavior modification tools, medication log sheets, required breakfast/lunch program documents, time sheets, purchase requests and all other required documents.
  • Count and record prescribed medicine quantity and order more when needed.
  • Obtain approval, document and comply with purchasing procedures such as; credit card logs, mileage logs and shopping lists.
  • Check email during each shift and respond in a timely manner.

  • Ensure proper care and safe handling of all agency vehicles, following through with all maintenance as recommended by the Facilities Manager.
  • Ensure that all seat belts are fastened and that all persons are secure in agency vehicle before and while driving.
  • Monitor house security/alarm system and complete regular fire drills and health and safety checks in the house.
  • Complete all house and security checks which include checking window restrictors, fire extinguishers, fire call points, and rooms after children leave in the mornings.
  • Check to make sure that the home is secure at all times; activate the alarm system and keep doors and windows secure throughout the day, after residents leave and during the night.
  • Communicate any potential security risks, dangerous practices, situations, or property issues to the Residential Director.
  • Respond to crises in a manner that serves to promote physical and emotional safety and well-being.
Educational/Experience and Requirements
  • Required to have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Have had 2 years of experience working with families and children.
  • MUST HAVE A VALID DRIVERS LICENSE AT ALL TIMES and be eligible for insurance coverage throug     the agency’s provider.
  • Must adhere to Level 2 background screening requirements.
  • Must adhere to drug-free workplace and safety programs.
  • Required to have CPR and first aid certifications, or be able to obtain them.
  • Must notify supervisor immediately of a change in status of any of the above.


  • Make a consistent effort to develop job skills to a more proficient level by seeking out and participating in formal, informal, and on-the-job training.
  • Attend training identified and required by the Residential Director and complete training modules within a probationary period.
  • Required to attend a minimum of 40 hours of training each year. Supervisor may recommend additional training to improve skills.
  • Maintain current certifications including NAPPI Conflict Management and CPR/First Aid.
  • Some training WILL be required during the week


  • Dependability. Reports to work at the scheduled time, works as scheduled and is seldom absent from work. Uses sick and annual leave according to established policies. Completes paperwork within deadlines.
  • Flexibility/Initiative. Exhibits willingness to assist colleagues, assumes additional responsibilities willingly, works varying hours to meet client accessibility and recommends program changes and improvements.
  • Teamwork. Maintains an overall work attitude of cooperation and professionalism in all interactions with agency staff and community professionals. Communicates and interacts appropriately with colleagues. Follows through with paperwork to ensure smooth operations within the agency. Maintains a willingness to carry out the mission of Manatee Children’s Services and its programs.
  • Professionalism. Conduct is professional in appearance, manner and behavior with colleagues, peers and clients. Demonstrates professional behavior toward clients consistent to the enhancement of the client’s dignity and wellbeing. Upholds established policies and professional standards of conduct.
  • Inclusiveness. Demonstrates awareness, acceptance, and ability to work with a diverse group of people. Including, but not limited to religion, ethnic heritage, gender identification, sexual orientation or disability. 
Note: This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments. All duties and responsibilities are essential functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbents will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship. MCS is an Equal Opportunity Employer, drug-free workplace, and complies with ADA regulations as applicable.
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