SHYFT Youth Services & Split Rock Learning Centre
Host Family Program
Main Objective: To provide host families for youth (16 – 18 years) that would be safe, supportive, supervised, and affordable.
Issue: There is a great need for homes that provide an atmosphere of acceptance, support, and appropriate supervision in the Tri-Counties for youth 16 – 18 years of age. The SHYFT Support Workers would provide ongoing support to the host family, youth, and their network of support. Currently, we are seeking families who may already be supporting these youth. These families may consist of any household who is currently boarding a youth, over 16 years of age, and would like to receive both financial and other support from SHYFT youth services. As a frontline youth support worker, we are requesting your assistance in identifying families who are currently in this situation and offer to refer them to our Host Family Program.
Actions: 1) Recruit other potential families, assess and orientate them, and seek potential youth to match up with the family.
2) Connect current host families to SHYFT Youth Services support worker to provide ongoing support, services, and monitoring.
The following outlines the responsibilities of both the host family and support worker:
· Maintain open communication and be connected with SHYFT Youth Services.
· Maintain a safe home, screened with RCMP Criminal Records Check, DCS Child Abuse Registry Check, and Home Assessment by SHYFT Support Worker. (only for new potential families)
· Establish, through partnership with SHYFT Youth Services, clear expectations for the youth while living in the home (I.e. curfew, school attendance, support services – addictions/mental health, etc…).
SHYFT Support Worker
· Visit and/or connect with the youth and host family (at least once) each month.
· Assist in navigating how room and board is to be paid to host family.
· Assist in navigating how the youth receives a personal allowance, separate from the room, board, and food allowance that is provided to the host family.
· Advise the youth and host family of any programs, events, eligible funding, or services that may assist them.
· Answer and questions or redirect any requests.
· Act as a relational bridge and/or advocate for the youth, with school staff, service providers, or family (as needed).
· Provide support as needed or requested by the youth and/or host family.
Host Family/Support Worker Shared Responsibilities
· Provide an atmosphere of acceptance – time for communication of expectations, needs, and engaging supports in the community.
· Provide an atmosphere of change – there is room for successes and set-backs.
· Provide an ongoing team atmosphere between Support Worker, host family, school, and other frontline workers (i.e. DCS, Corrections, Mental Health/Addictions, etc…).
· Provide additional support to the youth (i.e. transportation to school and community programs, etc…).
· Provide time to process changes and needs.
· Provide support to the new relationship and with existing network of support.
· Provide encouragement to the youth in pursuit of their goals.
· Work with SHYFT Support Worker to establish a agreement between the host family and the youth, identifying the type of support that the family would provide.
· SHYFT Support Workers will provide orientation so that the expectations would be appropriate and focused on building an atmosphere of acceptance while still encouraging each youth to pursue their goals.
· Adhere to the rules of the home as laid out by the host family.
· Have respect for the host family and SHYFT Support Worker(s).
· Attend and participate in at least one monthly meeting with Support Worker.
· Maintain open communication with host family and SHYFT Support Worker.
· Participate in creating and working toward achievement of a goal plan (i.e. counselling, job hunting, seeking independent housing, etc…).