Staff from Stevenson, Waplak & Associates (SWA), Quinte Children’s Homes (QCH) and Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning (AAPL) will be attending two college job fairs this week to recruit professional parent therapists for children and youth in need of individual, home-based care.
Visitors to the job fairs at Durham College in Oshawa and Loyalist College in Belleville can hear more about QCH’s competitive compensation package, foster parenting philosophy and requirements of parent therapists.
While people might typically think foster parents are married couples who care for children on a full-time basis, that’s just one scenario out of many. “One often thinks of foster parenting as being a long-term commitment – as it is in many cases – but frequently our young people need a short-term placement while plans for their continuing care are being developed,” says Melissa Hulshof, program coordinator at QCH.
Recent college graduates can earn significant tax-free income while providing temporary assistance to local children and youth. “We have a number of short-term assessment program opportunities that would be an excellent fit for a young person who still wishes to have some time for other pursuits,” notes Hulshof.
SWA’s team of healthcare professionals offers support and assistance to parent therapists throughout the process. Foster parents gain valuable experience with developing treatment plans for children and youth, while benefiting from the guidance and expertise of a network of experienced professionals.
“Foster parenting is a good way to get exposure to the child welfare system in a front-line way,” says Hulshof. “It could lead to an ongoing, exciting career path in the servicing of children in need.”
We will be happy to answer any and all questions. Join us at these two job fairs:
Durham College/University of Ontario Institute of Technology Job Fair
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre
2000 Simcoe Street North
Loyalist College Career Fair
Thursday, February 7, 2013
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
376 Wallbridge-Loyalist Road
Stevenson, Waplak & Associates’ team of mental health professionals provides services to more than 200 clients per year. Through its network of foster homes, Quinte Children’s Homes assists 80 children and youth annually. Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning helps 20 to 30 children each year to reach their full learning potential while addressing their emotional and behavioral needs.