Make a Difference
A Career Opportunity at TLC
The Right Individual Can Make All The Difference In the Life Of Every Child Who Resides At TLC!
If you want to make a difference in the lives of children, this is a great opportunity. We are currently seeking individuals to provide relief and support to TLC’s Live-In house Parents while providing nurturing and supervision to a maximum of 8 children between the ages of 9 and 18. Residential Child Care Relief Staff assist in creating a family structured and caring environment for the children who reside at our loving residence in Manchester. Residential Child Care Relief Staff provide relief and support for the live-in house parents, and allow for scheduled days off while working under the direct supervision of the Executive Director. Education in Child Care or Social Services preferred. A valid Connecticut driver’s license and good driving record is a must.
Full Job Description
At TLC Foundation Inc., our mission is to provide a safe, nurturing home environment to adolescents who cannot stay at home due to family fragmentation, parent-child conflict or the lack of a suitable home environment.
SCOPE: Direct care of children and/or adolescents in placement with a wide range of responsibility for program activities, child supervision and safety skills. Because of the life experiences and trauma histories that our residents bring to their placement here, staff must not only provide adequate safety and supervision, but must be actively engaged in the process of building relationships, understanding and solving problems as part of a team, and must offer energy, safety and commitment in their work with our residents through genuine, caring and empathetic engagement. The programs support family treatment and involvement. Providing facilitation, supervision, and support for visits and family connections with parents, relatives and other significant people in the life of our youth.
ACCOUNTABLE AND RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FOLLOWING RESULTS:
- Provide a safe, nurturing, caring atmosphere for youth who reside in the homes.
- Work within program policy and guidelines to provide program services.
- Demonstrates an understanding of child development relevant to the age group of the home worked in, demonstrates an understanding of the actual developmental levels of youth in the home, and intervenes to promote development and adjusts expectations by taking into account developmental understanding.
- Demonstrates an understanding of the importance of family/kinship connections to youth in our home and supports those connections by welcoming parents, relatives, and caregivers on visits and facilitating planned contacts with families in the program, the community, and the family/relative home.
- Demonstrates an ability to form and maintain positive, nurturing relationships with youth by building trust and supporting competencies through interest and active engagement.
- Demonstrates the ability to teach and support the learning of a broad range of skills including those related to: emotional regulation, age appropriate activities and competencies, and living in a home-like setting. Plan and actively participate in activities to support and increase skills and competencies.
- Demonstrates an empathetic understanding of complex trauma and its effects including abuse, loss, and neglect that youth bring to placement. Incorporating that understanding in interactions with youth and responses to pain based behavior.
- Demonstrates an awareness of the physical and emotional environment by contributing to the home being a place that is emotionally and physically safe, nurturing, appropriately engaging and stimulating, which fosters growth and resilience.
- Support routines of youth through assisting and supervising wake-up, bedtime, personal care routines, completion of chores and laundry, meals, meal preparation, recreational activities, homework supervision and assistance.
- Work as part of a team to identify needs and strategies to meet those needs. Implement identified strategies for youth to insure needs are meet.
- Transport youth when necessary.
- Care for program facilities and equipment: organizing, cleaning, sanitizing. Household tasks and duties as assigned, or as needed, to promote a clean, safe, and comfortable environment.
- Document planned interventions, behavior incidents, and general observation of youth and assessment of their skills, behavior, and moods in an objective and professional manner.
- Demonstrate knowledge of and role in individual youth treatment plans, including their assessment, particular needs, behavioral goals, and identified intervention strategies.
- Attend and actively participate in staff meetings and required trainings as scheduled.
SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE:
- Wide range of childcare and program skills.
DCF Medication Administration Certification, First Aid, CPR, are required to be successfully completed before the end of the new employee probation period and are required to be maintained throughout employment.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
Substantial child care experience.