Basic Function: The Respite Worker’s primary duty is to provide on-call relief to in the House Parent’s absence. Respite Workers are responsible for providing parental supervision, monitoring, care, and direction for the children consistent with the Foster Parent's methodology. Works collaboratively with House Parents, staff and other members of the Child Family Team.
Provides parental relief for house parents’ time away from shelter due to absence, time off, etc.
Assists house parents by providing child care services including transportation to recreational activities, homework assistance, and all other related services.
Ensures the safety and well-being of children while providing child care services.
Establishes a positive, constructive relationship with children through communication, interaction and role modeling.
Acts as a caring parental authority in efforts to aid in the youth’s personal growth.
Occasionally provides housekeeping support to the residence including but not limited to preparing meals, laundry tasks, and appropriate maintenance of the home.
Carries on the normal structure and routine in the absence of the House Parent.
Maintains cleanliness of youth activity area/milieu, including but not limited to sanitizing and changing crib linens.
Maintains organization and sanitation of clothing and toy donations.
Assists with the preparation of vacant apartments, including, but not limited to laundry, mopping/sweeping, and cleaning of appliances, dishes & organizing cloths.
Provides telephone coverage for breaks.
Completes various reports and maintains records as required.
Documents shift activities as required.
Participates in ongoing training and maintain certificates such as First Aid/ CPR, CPI, Non-Violent Intervention and medication administration, etc.
Performs other task as assigned, including the supervision of biological family visits.
Must be 21 years of age.
Previous child care experience preferred
High School Diploma or equivalent.
Reliable transportation and valid driver’s license with acceptable driving record and proof of automobile insurance coverage.
Strong verbal and written communication skills.
Compliance with Illinois Mandated Reporter Laws.
Mental/Physical Demands: In some cases special skills or knowledge is desirable to meet the needs of behaviorally aggressive youth. Ability to use common sense, patience and understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral and diagram form. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle or feel and talk or hear, sit, stand and walk. The employee will occasionally lift up to 15-20 pounds.
About Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc.
The mission of Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc. is to empower, educate, and employ people to change lives and strengthen communities.
The agency was founded as a settlement house in 1919 by Ada Sophia McKinley, a schoolteacher and social reformer, who saw the need to assist veterans returning from World War I and African Americans migrating from the South. Currently celebrating its 100th year anniversary, Ada S. McKinley is one of the largest human services organizations in the country with an annual operating budget of $40 million, nearly 600 employees, serving more than 7,000 people annually at over 70 locations. Services are provided 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, primarily in Illinois/Chicago with additional sites in Indiana and Wisconsin.
Ada S. McKinley has three primary areas of services: Child Development & Youth; Employment and Community Support; and Behavioral Health & Clinical. Services rendered daily include: tutoring, mentoring and college placement, foster care, residential, youth and family counseling, employment training and placement, and head start programs.
The vision of Ada S. McKinley is for all people to have the opportunity for education and employment.