What Every Houseparent Needs to Know!
I Wish Somebody Would Have Told Me!
This was originally three articles, some of the first ones I wrote, but when I redesigned the website I combined them. I hope when you read it you will be able to say, "I am glad somebody told me."
What Every Houseparent Needs to Know! - Christian Edition
A rebuttal to an E-mail I received about my "What Every Houseparent Needs to Know" articles
It’s Guaranteed to Happen (Being Accused of Abuse) - If you work in residential care long enough you will probably be accused of abuse by a child. Click Here
IN RE GAULT 387 U.S. 1 - ARGUED DECEMBER 6, 1966. - DECIDED MAY 15, 1967 - My commentary on a ruling that has a great impact on Juvenile Justice. Click Here
Houseparents and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) - A commentary about a Department of Labor Opinion Letter and how it affects houseparents. Click Here
Department of Labor, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Opinion Letters -These are opinion letters from The DOL specifically addressing houseparents. They are taken from the DOL website and are public domain. I thought there might be some houseparents that find them interesting.
- FLSA2004-7 (Sleep Hours & Policy of Hours Worked in a Residential Facility)
- FLSA2004-29NA (Coverage of Houseparents under the FLSA)
- FLSA2005-52 (Coverage of Houseparents under the FLSA)
What Does 420 Mean to You? - You've seen it on T-shirts, you've heard it in songs, and you've probably seen it in movies. The number 420 is everywhere, but do you know what it represents? What does 420 mean to you? Click Here
Articles by Other Authors
Agency Communication & The Supervisory Role - By James Harris, Jr.: One of the main challenges that residential placement agencies may encounter is internal communication. ......... Click Here to Read More
The Importance Of Physically Organized And Therapeutically Structured Environments - By James Harris, Jr.: The social worker did not know what to do. The house was definitely filthy and John and Jeremy were stuck living there. . .......... Click Here to Read More
Helping Youth in Care Deal With Issues of Grief and Loss - By James Harris, Jr.: Children in residential placement have been removed from their families of origin. In some instances, their families abandoned them. (And, even in cases when a child's parents did not abandon them, it still may very well feel that way.) ........... Click Here to Read More
Helping Grieving & Distressed Children:
Talking with Them About Death and World Violence
- By James Harris, Jr.: As adults we have learned that we will be confronted by, and have to learn to cope with, losses (both natural and unnatural). In the world today we struggle to make sense of such losses and to protect youth from the harsh reality of life in America, and the world beyond. It is natural for caretakers to want to protect their children. ........... Click Here to Read More
Non-Traditional Families May Be Typical American Family - By James Harris, Jr.: There is no doubting that America has undergone transformations over the past half century. This includes the makeover of the traditional American family. While the long-established nuclear family still exists, it is now joined by alternative households, including adoptive, foster, kinship, and blended families. ........... Click Here to Read More