Child Home Supports
At New Directions, we offer person-centered, family focused supports that are rooted in values of cultural integrity. Our Child Home Supports service area uses an intensive case management format to provide individualized in-home support to children and youth with complex support needs. Working from an attachment focused, trauma-informed philosophy, foster parents are supported in providing children and youth with holistic, person-centered supports which promote meaningful connections to their family, culture, and home community. The supports we offer are intended to ensure children and their natural networks maintain meaningful connections within their urban and rural communities in Manitoba.
All applicants must have:
- A vested interest in supporting and advocating for children or youth with a high level of needs. These needs may include: past trauma, verbal or physical aggression, a tendency to run away from home, involvement with alcohol or drugs, sexual exploitation, and/or intellectual disabilities.
- An understanding of, and/or willingness to learn about, attachment and trauma informed practices, as well values of cultural competency.
- A willingness to assist a child or youth in maintaining close ties with their culture, home community and/or family, and to immerse oneself in the child’s culture to achieve this, including adapting the home environment to reflect this.
- Time to devote to the child or youth requiring support, including assisting and accompanying the child or youth to appointments and meetings as required.
- Compassion and a willingness for growth and new learning opportunities, and to work collaboratively with the program support team.
- A willingness and ability to comply with all licensing requirements.
Ideal applicants will have:
- An understanding of the inter-generational impacts of residential schools and colonization on First Nations communities.
- Minimum of High School Diploma or equivalent.
- Experience working with children in care and/or experience working in the fields of mental health, addictions, or social services.
- Strong communication, problem solving, conflict resolution, and interpersonal skills.
- An understanding that fostering may be temporary or long term with each individual child and is intended to provide complementary parenting to the child’s natural support system.
The successful candidate will be subject to Criminal Record, Child & Adult Abuse Registry, Prior Contact checks a Driver’s License Abstract and First Aid Certification. Non-violent Crisis Intervention and knowledge of A.S.L. is an asset.
Child Home Supports
New Directions for Children, Youth, Adults & Families
Contact Name: Resource Coordinator
Phone: 204-786-7051 ext. 5210 Fax: 204-204-774-6468
New Directions is committed to equity and diversity and especially welcomes applications from persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and newcomers to Canada.