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Foster Home Hosts/Families

Merakey is currently seeking Foster Home Hosts/Families in our Selinsgrove, Middleburg and Snyder County coverage area.
_ABOUT MERAKEY_
Merakey is a leading developmental, behavioral health and education provider offering a breadth of integrated services to individuals and communities across the country.
We leverage our size and expertise to develop innovative solutions and new models of care to meet the needs of individuals, their families, public and private healthcare funders and community partner organizations.
We recognize that complex needs require a holistic approach. With our experience, expertise and compassion, we empower everyone within our communities to reach their fullest potential.
With a rich tradition spanning 50 years with nearly 10,000 employees, Merakey, formerly NHS, provides care to over 40,000 adults and children throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, Louisiana, Michigan and Tennessee.
WHAT MERAKEY HAS TO OFFER
+ The stability that comes with working for a national leader in the human services industry
+ Highly competitive tax-free compensation ranging $21,900 to $65,000 annually
+ Around the clock in-home and crisis support
+ Expense and mileage reimbursement
POSITION DETAILS:
Community Residential Rehabilitation (CRR) is a foster care program that provides a pathway to repairing and rebuilding the relationship between children and their natural support system. Compared to traditional foster care settings, CRR excels in the treatment provided to children through enhanced levels of support to the child, their natural supports, and the host home (foster home). CRR enhanced levels of support include individual and family therapy, treatment meetings, case management, and integration of treatment goals in the home and community.
CRR Host Homes are significant components to the successful treatment and reunification of children and their natural supports. As a Host Home, you will receive intensive 24/7 support from a professional clinical team in addition to clinical education with a minimum of 40 hours of annual training designed to assist with understanding behavior, diagnosis, de-escalation of behavior, and a variety of other topics that support children participating served by CRR.
Additional Responsibilities Include:
+ Meeting the physical and emotional needs of the child
+ Maintaining required annual education goal of 40 hours, provided by Merakey
+ Modeling of appropriate and professional behavior, family systems, coping mechanisms, etc
+ Supporting children to experience growth and independence
+ Encouraging positive interactions between the child and the child's natural support, working toward reunification
+ Maintaining adequate documentation of treatment related activities
+ Transporting the child to family visits, medical, dental, vision appointments, counseling, etc. (travel costs are reimbursed)
+ Accepting responsibility for general child care including food, clothing, shelter, etc.
REQUIREMENTS
+ Must be at least 21 years of age
+ Associates degree in social work or other related behavioral/mental health field preferred but not required
+ Minimum of 1 year experience working with children. Applicants with experience working with children diagnosed with behavioral/mental health diagnosis preferred
+ Ability to pass an initial medical appraisal by a licensed physician (the appraisal must establish that the parent applicant is physically able to care for children and is free from communicable disease)
+ Approved clearance through Criminal, Child Abuse, and FBI Fingerprinting background checks
+ Ability to pass a home safety evaluation and comprehensive home study
PLEASE APPLY FOR CONSIDERATION TO BECOME A FOSTER FAMILY!
In addition to completing your application, please feel free to email your information directly to us at SCTFC@merakey.org at mailto:bobbiejo.young@nhsonline.org or call us directly at 570-286-0426 for more information.
_Merakey is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer!_
+ Must be at least 21 years of age
+ Associates degree in social work or other related behavioral/mental health field preferred but not required
+ Minimum of 1 year experience working with children. Applicants with experience working with children diagnosed with behavioral/mental health diagnosis preferred
+ Ability to pass an initial medical appraisal by a licensed physician (the appraisal must establish that the parent applicant is physically able to care for children and is free from communicable disease)
+ Approved clearance through Criminal, Child Abuse, and FBI Fingerprinting background checks
+ Ability to pass a home safety evaluation and comprehensive home study
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