Volunteer Opportunity

Foster Family Helper

Project Start Date: Fri, January 20, 2012 12:00 am
Project End Date: Fri, June 1, 2012 12:00 am
Opportunity Type: Ongoing Volunteer Opportunity
Department: Housing and Human Services
Category: Human Services and Public Health
Time Commitment or Project Date: Flexible Hours based on need (estimate 3 – 6 hours a week). Days of the week and hours will be chosen by volunteer to accommodate his/her schedule and to meet the unique needs of the foster family. Must be at least 18 years of age.
Location:

Boulder County to provide in community support to families.

Program Summary:

Foster families are a unique and valued asset to children and families in the foster care system and need and deserve support and reinforcement. Matching a Foster Parent Helper to the right foster family ensures ongoing support to a foster family while at the same time offering the volunteer a great way of helping kids and families. Together you both identify the roles and duties that will be the greatest help.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Duties are to assist the foster family in any way possible to help retain the family as a provider for foster children. Helper’s duties may include transporting child/adolescent to practice or tutor, providing supportive time in the home to give the caregiver time alone, grocery shopping/light errands, and/or calling on resources and activities to support a family. Roles will be agreed on by both the family and the helper in advance.

Qualifications and Requirements:

Seeking service oriented individual that is mature and has understanding of the demands of a care giver to a special needs child. Flexible individuals who are interested in offering support to a family are encouraged to consider this opportunity. This position requires a responsive, caring individual that respects the boundaries and needs of others. Some knowledge of child development is helpful. Training provided to gain understanding of Foster Care System.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

Complete Background CheckModified Version of the Safe AssessmentAttendance at 3 Day TrainingReliable Transportation and Insurance with current driver’s licenseFlexible ScheduleAvailable for group supervision and/or one on one support from HHS staffMust be 18 or older

Training Dates and Information:

Participation in the 24 hours of Foster Parent Core Training (Friday, Sat, Sat from 9 am – 5:30)
3 hours of Job Specific Training
Ongoing training available

Additional Information:

The Foster Care & Adoption Caseworker who supervises the foster family and will also support you. You will also have access to ongoing training, a volunteer support group, as well as individual support as needed

BENEFITS: Helping a foster family change the world one child and family at a time!

Contact:

To Learn More: Contact Samantha Frazee at 303-441-1081

Application Process:

Contact Samantha Frazee at 303-441-1081