My husband and I are interested in ministering to hurting children. There are a few obstacles we must and will overcome. My husband has a criminal record. He is a convicted felon with an armed robbery charge. He has no record of violence, nor sexual or child abuse. He also does not have his drivers license, but I do and could be the one who is responsible for driving. Please advise us if we would be considered for any of the many positions that are available.
I am a firm believer in redemption and turning a person’s life around, however I am not sure that state regulations will view it the same way. Most states and facilities require a criminal background investigation, and though I am sure there are exceptions, I think an “armed robbery conviction” would disqualify you in most cases.
The lack of a driver’s license poses an additional problem. In the vast majority of facilities, both houseparents have to be able to drive. There are many times when both my wife and I have to be in different places with different children. Every single day we have to drive kids to different schools at the same time. I think your only hope of finding a place where you both don’t have to drive would be in a very urban facility or one that was totally self-contained.
I think it is going to be very difficult for you to find employment as a houseparent couple. One option you may consider is a facility where only you (the wife) would work at the facility and your husband had a job outside the home. Many maternity homes operate this way as well as some smaller facilities. Your husband may still need a background check to live in the home with you, but they may make an exception if he is not working with theÂ residents of the home.
I hope you are able to find a facility where you can serve but I am afraid that your options are going to be very limited.
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