Book Review -Family-Centered Services in Residential Treatment New Approaches for Group Care

By: John Y. Powell (Editor)

Disclaimer: This book review is my opinion of the book. If you have a different opinion of the book that is great. I know I have loved several movies and books that other reviewers have not liked and disliked movies and books that receive great reviews. I think we all have. If you would like to submit your own review, I may consider posting it. Otherwise feel free to share you reviews on the Forum. Thanks.

Family-Centered Services in Residential Treatment is a collection of articles, speeches, and interviews.  The editor uses these to present the concept , philosophy and need of family centered services from different perspectives to include clinicians, administrators, direct care staff, parents and children formerly in placement.

I very much enjoyed this book and the editor did a very good job further selling me on family centered services.  In my early years as a houseparent I was pretty hard core program/child centered.  The book is geared toward policy makers and as such would be of limited value to direct care staff looking for technique.  However, if you are looking for a good book to help you develop your childcare philosophy this could be it.

From a residential standpoint – with family centered services not only do you work with the child that is in out of home placement but you also work with the family to deal with the root issues that may have led to placement, to include: parenting skills, family therapy, employment assistance, etc.

The book is published by The Haworth Press, Inc, Binghamton, NY.  Copyright 2000.  It is available in both hard and soft cover and including the index is 147 pages long. 

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2016 Houseparent Salary Comparison

In doing the 2016 salary comparison, I went through my database of all job listings posted on The Houseparent Network in the last 12 months.  If a facility had more than one job listing during that time, I kept only the most recent.  I had 147 different facilities that have posted job listings in the past year (A decrease of 4 facilities over last year).  Of those, 71 facilities posted salaries (A decrease of 3 facilities), the rest posted things like competitive or negotiable, etc.  Stuff I couldn’t work with.

The good news is that Houseparent Salaries have increased again this year based on this survey.

Before I give my numbers here is my disclaimer:
Note: Let me start by saying that this is not a scientific sampling based on all the facilities in the country, but I think it is still a close representation of the average salaries throughout the country. All salaries listed are per individual.  If you are paid as a couple multiply these averages by two to compare it to your salary.  Also many facilities listed a range of salaries, so I also express my averages as a range.  I am also making the assumption that the salary listed by the facility is the cash salary and not total package. I also suspect that the true average is less than what these numbers indicate, because I suspect that many of the facilities that don’t post a salary are in the lower range. However, you can’t just make the assumption, that because they don’t list a salary, their salary is low.  When my wife and I considered coming back and accepted our current position, we talked to two other facilities that did NOT list salaries.  They were both in the $50,000 range for couples.  The position we accepted was actually lower than both those salaries, but was a better fit for our situation.

You also need to remember that when considering a position there are many more considerations than just salary.  You also have to consider benefits, schedule, living accommodations, and the difficulty of the children you are caring for.  If one facility pays a salary of $35,000 per year and also provides full family health insurance, you will be better off than a facility that pays $45,000 and only pays toward your individual insurance.  In our situation, we were paying over $10,000 a year for family health insurance prior to accepting our current position, we now pay less than a $1,000. That is an instant pay raise of over $9,000. A good retirement plan can also add several thousand dollars to a salary each year. Look at the whole package, not just the salary. That said, let’s get to the numbers.

The mean average salary for a houseparent is $24,619-25,775 per year, compared to $23,171-23,877 in 2015.  The Median average (half the salaries are less, half are more) salary for a houseparent is $24,500 per year, compared to $23,000-25,000 in 2015.  I did the mean average for the top and bottom 25% three different ways this year.  The first way was to average the high and low salary for each facility and then determine the top and bottom 25%.  Using that method, the mean average for the top 25% was $31,083-32,528. It was $18,924-19,336 for the bottom 25%.  Calculating the top and bottom 25% using the low single salary resulted in the average being $31,441-32,324 and $18,865-19,571. Calculating the top and bottom 25% using the high single salary resulted in the average being $30,472-$32,752 and $18,924-19,336. The mean average for the top 25% of salaries was $29,901-30,068 in 2015.  The mean average for the bottom 25% of salaries was $16,724-17,303 in 2015.  The Top salary is $40,000 which is essentially the same as 2015.  The bottom salary is $15,000-20,000 per year, which is $2250-$7500 more per year than in 2015, a considerable increase.

I now have the information posted in the members only section and it include additional information from the comparison, such as sorted by state, benefits listed in the job listing, as well as all the raw data, minus the facility name.