When should I find a babysitter for my own children?
Who can be a the group home?
Can I leave the group home if it ’ s not my scheduled day away?
What do I do if my associates can ’ t come in to work?
What are my responsibilities?
Who do I call when I have questions?
Answer: Call your consultant if it is about the teaching model, youth, or you need assistance with a treatment issue or crisis. If it is an emergency and can ’ t reach them, call their supervisor. If you are an associate, contact the family teachers.
What do I wear and when?
Answer: You dress in casual clothing that is consistent with Village rules most of the time. If you have a meeting or training to attend, either at your home or the office, you should dress business casual. If you are going to court, having a guest night, or attending an event for the Village, you should dress formally, or in what we call “court clothes”. Which include dress pants, dress shirt and tie, with dress shoes for males and a dress/ skirt and dress shoes for women.
When is it appropriate to find a babysitter for my own children? Answer: Because we are family style, this is usually not an issue. If you are attending a training, meeting or event where both are required to attend, it would be appropriate to find a babysitter so that you can get the information and participate. Small children that are not mobile are usually not an issue unless you end up missing information because you are out in the hall with them or others are distracted because they are loud or fussy.
Who can visit the group home while I’m working? Answer: If you would like to have family visit, they can. Family get-together’s? No problem! You need to make sure that you are monitoring the people and children in the home, do not leave the youth alone in a room with them, and that they are not allowed to teach to the youth. If someone is spending the night, it must be in your apartment and if longer then a week, they must have a BCI done. The youth ’s families and friends may NOT spend the night due to liabilities.
Can I leave the group home if it ’ s not my scheduled day away? Answer: Because this is a “ lifestyle ” , the answer is yes. However, when the youth are home you need to be with the youth, and you must maintain ratios at all time. If you had a friend come into town and one of you wanted to go to a movie, that would be okay if the ratio ’ s are met and is not happening consistently, not allowing you to work the majority of the time as a team. Both family teachers should never be gone unless it is your scheduled day off. As a general rule, make sure that you are in line with the direction given you by your consultant.
What do I do if my associate can ’ t come in to work?
Answer: If your associate calls and can ’ t come in to work and they are scheduled, if your ratios are met you just work without them and they take the time as sick time or vacation, or possibly move their hours to another day if that works for the home. If it is supposed to be your day away, then you ask them to call someone to cover for them. You manage that, you do not have them contact the consultant. They are your associate. If they are sick, you should call for them out of consideration. Associates should ask for vacation time in advance and submit for it online.
What are my responsibilities?
See Section II !
Family Teacher Responsibilities:
1. The running and maintaining of the home
2. The scheduling and supervision of the associates
3. Making sure that the youth are being treated ethically and that effective treatment is occurring according to the Teaching Family Model
Meeting contractual licensing requirements
Doing all required paperwork accurately and in a timely manner.
Maintaining contact with consumers and positive relationships.
Providing a positive, fun, family environment for youth to learn in!
Implement feedback from consumers immediately to improve your skills so that you can become a pro!
Running and Maintaining Home
1. Daily Schedule
Youth ( through out day ; “ structured environment ”
Family teachers ( to include time for consumers, paperwork, home maintenance, one-one one, organizing etc.)
2. Weekly Schedule
3. Monthly Calendar
Scheduling and Supervising Associates
Do a schedule up by the 23 rd of the previous month so that the associates can plan out their lives.
Ask them to have days off needed turned in by then.
Try to take consistent days off. It is easier for scheduling meetings etc. you want to be to.
Give associates holidays off and you don ’ t take them off. You are the only family many of the youth have.
Plan two days away from the home side- by- side whenever possible.
Meet with associates before and after time away and beginning and end of their scheduled time for communication.
Required: Weekly team meeting
Working with Associates
Praise and reinforce, build relationships
Be flexible but consistent
Train them and provide them with immediate feedback so they are doing it right.
Set them up to be successful!
Communicate with them and support them.
We have GREAT associates that are career focused. They may be your boss someday.
Treatment of Youth
Youth Rights ( review page)
Monitoring teaching interactions
Insuring positive to negative ratios are occurring
Watching for sarcasm, negativity, bullying, youth that are being ignored
Aware of goal areas, file, issues
Meeting Contractual Licensing Requirements
DCFS, DJJS and Private Contracts
Check email daily
Keep phone on you at all times, have calls forwarded if needed
Fire Drill Logs
Budget/ check register
Youth Files/ Out of Home
Calendar of contact, events
Set up appointment, watch CHECs, Dentals
Skills Cards, Weekly Sheets
TPR ’ s ( Quarterly, YOQ ’ s)
WELL Child Checks/ Dentals
Youth are required to have CHEC and Dental exams when they come into DCFS/ DJJS care.
Youth are required to have WELL Child Checks annually.
Youth are required to have Dental exams
Every six months.
You must take a Health Visit Form with you to the visit.
The form must be filled out completely, signed by the doctor , and faxed to the caseworker/ health nurse.
A copy is then placed in the youths file and a copy is turned in to the office to be placed in the youths file.
ALL DUE THE 5 th of Each Month
Maintain contact with consumers
Contact consumers immediately if needed and at least weekly for updates.
Communicate praise for their efforts, empathy for their situations, and encouragement for their assignment.
Tell them the positive things too!
Invite them over
Always have house prepared for guests
FUN and Positive
Bored means trouble
Get out of the house
Try new things
Trade off when you need to or when you are reacting instead of teaching
Activities – Family, Privileged, Goals
Different kinds of feedback:
-consumers (teachers, parents, caseworkers)
-consultant ( IH ’ s, OPR ’ s, Consultation,)
Why implement immediately?
What IS immediately?
YOU ARE READY TO GO!
AREN ’ T YOU?
SECTION III: FIRST DAYS IN THE HOME
Don ’ t change anything unless your consultant told you to.
Do the schedule EXACTLY
Spend time talking to the youth
Meet with your associates
Call your consumers and introduce yourself
Meet your neighbors
Do your first effective praise in the first 10 minutes
Do your first preventive in the first 30 minutes
Do your first corrective the first hour
Use your cheat sheets to get all the steps right
Call your consultant for anything over 5,000 and for any questions