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What is a Houseparent Job?

Why a Houseparent Job?

Families are supposed to love, care and respect each other. But what happens when they don’t? Dysfunction ensues, parents fight, children cry and heartbreak abounds. The outbursts from the children can be especially hard on a struggling family. When the outbursts become too much to handle, sometimes the court system needs to step in.

Many of the young men who call Rawhide home come from broken homes and have a history of getting in trouble with the law. As a houseparent, you will be in a unique position to show each guy what a loving, caring family looks like.

Are you up for the challenge?

Our residential treatment is based on the traditional family-living model. We have six homes and each home houses 8-10 guys. Each home has live-in, direct care staff that consists of 2-3 youth care workers, who serve as the “big brother” and “big sister” to the guys and a married couple, known as the houseparents. The houseparents are the parental role models in the home.

The houseparent job duties and responsibilities are not that different from that of traditional parents. They are responsible for the household budget, getting the guys ready in the mornings and off to our high school, Starr Academy, helping with homework, planning activities, and most important, being there when a guy needs love and support.

When the houseparents are not on duty, they can retreat into their private apartment which is connected to the house that they work in. Each apartment has a private entrance and two bedrooms.

Do you want to leave a lasting legacy?

Then consider applying to be a houseparent where you will find a challenging, yet rewarding career helping troubled youth turn their lives around.

Are you ready to become a houseparent?