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Hands of Hope FAQ
What is the deadline for the application?
Our application process currently includes "soft deadlines" for the first step in the application process. This means that applicants who submit their application by the end of 2021 are more likely to have their application considered. While our application will remain open after December 31, applications for June and August received after this point will only be considered should we not have a sufficient number of qualified applicants to fill our open positions. 

When should I submit my application?
We typically welcome new groups of Hands of Hope House Parents in January, June, and August of each year. Our application process currently includes "soft deadlines" for the first step in the application process. This means that applicants who submit their application by the end of 2021 are more likely to have their applicaiton considered. While our application will remain open after December 31, applications for June and August received after this point will only be considered should we not have a sufficient number of qualified applicants to fill our open positions. 

What is the application process and how long does it take?
Applications should be submitted by December 31 for greatest consideration. References will have until January 14 to submit their reference forms through the link provided to them via email. If your application moves past the initial application/reference stage, you will have your interview in February. The Selection Committee will meet the week of February 7 to review all applicant files and make hiring decisions. In the third week of February, applicants will be notified whether or not they are being offered a position or if they have been placed on the waitlist. Applicants will have one week to accept or decline their offer. At this point, we will fill any remaining positions with those on the waitlist. 

Do I need to have a driver’s license?
While a lack of valid driver’s license for at least two years will not prevent us from hiring a strongly qualified candidate, it is definitely preferred. The role of Hands of Hope House Parent involves a great deal of transportation of children to appointments. Generally, a home can support only one Hands of Hope House Parent without a valid license for at least two years, as this places a greater driving burden on the other House Parents.

I am on a Student Visa. Can I apply?
Candidates on a student visa are welcome to apply, as long as they have active employment authorization. Casa will not sponsor work authorization for any applicants.

What does a typical day look like?
The day-to-day picture can vary greatly from week to week and from house to house depending on the ages, medical needs, emotional needs and behaviors of the children in your home. However, each home in the Casa de Esperanza Neighborhood is on a similar schedule which is arranged around the children’s eating and sleeping routines. House Parents will do everything that typical parents do to raise children and run a household. House Parents provide primary direct care, as well as taking their children to doctor and therapy appointments and transporting children to visits with their birth parents. House Parents determine age-appropriate activities to engage in with the children throughout the day in order to help the children make progress toward their developmental goals. Much of the day is spent playing with the children, both inside and outside, but direct child care also encompasses changing diapers, giving baths, making meals, feeding babies and cleaning up constantly to stay ahead of your very active children. As the children are in foster care, documentation of activities, appointments, and progress is part of the daily routine as well.

I can’t commit for a year. Can I do nine months? Six months? Three months?
The Residential Program is built around the children’s need for stability, predictability and healthy attachment. Therefore, we greatly prefer a one year commitment as that is what is healthiest for the children in our care and how the program functions at its best. While shorter commitments are allowed on a limited basis, one year commitments are preferred if possible.

Can I apply if I am out of state?
Yes! In fact, the majority of our House Parents come to us from other states.

Can I have another job/take classes while I am in the program?
Due to the intensive nature of the work, this job is simply not compatible with having another job or taking classes. Your first commitment must be to the children and what they need to survive and thrive. Your schedule will be in constant flux because the needs of the children change and the children in your house will change throughout your year. As such, House Parents are not able to take classes or have an additional job while working with us. Additionally, our program does not allow for shadowing, internships, volunteering, online or in-person classes. 

Can I participate if I have children of my own?
Unfortunately, this position is not compatible with those who have children of their own who still live at home with them, as you are required to live on-site and we do not allow other children into the Neighborhood. However, if you are interested in being involved with the work that Casa does, you may be interested in becoming a weekly volunteer instead.

My major seems unconventional for this program. Should I still apply?
We accept applicants from all different educational backgrounds into our program. While some majors occur more often in our program (Psychology, Pre-Med, Social Work, Early Childhood, etc.), we have had very successful Hands of Hope House Parents from a wide variety of majors. What is most important to us is that you are passionate about the work that we do and are able to live and work well with children and other House Parents. We are more interested in your attitude, your work ethic, your interest in social justice issues and your love for children than we are interested in your major area of study.

What costs are covered by the organization and what costs are covered by the House Parent?
All costs associated with caring for the children will be paid for by the organization. A House Parent's personal expenses including, but not limited to, groceries, toiletries, etc. will be the responsibility of the House Parent. Additionally, each house has an assigned vehicle to transport the children. Children can NEVER be transported in personal vehicles. Transportation not related to transporting or meeting the needs of the children (picking up prescriptions, etc.) will not be provided by the organization. You are permitted to bring a personal vehicle or use public transportation/ride-sharing for personal use should you decide not to bring a personal vehicle.