Do you have to be a member of the Methodist Church to be a homeparent?
While MCH is a faith-based organization, it is not a requirement that you are a member of the Methodist denomination.
What is the age range of the children in care?
MCH serves children and youth ages 10-18; however, accommodations can be made for younger youth if needed.
What are some circumstances that lead children to MCH?
MCH serves youth who have experienced trauma, family crisis and/or school-related issues.
What is the average length of stay for children at MCH?
The average length of stay is 17 months; however, care is individualized to meet the needs and goals of the child and their family.
What is the child-to-staff ratio?
Eight children to 1 caregiver.
What is the homeparent schedule?
Homeparents work a seven-day shift followed by seven days off in rotation with another couple. Homeparent applicants may be invited to shadow an existing homeparent.
What kind of training does Methodist Children’s Home provide?
Homeparents will attend week long New Hire Orientation followed up by annual training requirements.
What household responsibilities do homeparents and children have?
Homeparents and children complete a daily routine that includes chores and other typical household duties.
What is the homeparent dress code?
Homeparents are expected to wear modest comfortable attire and may dress up on occasion such as for church services or special events.
Can homeparents have pets?
Yes, with prior approval.
Can my family come visit?
Yes, homeparents can have guests. Your direct supervisor will guide you through the appropriate procedure for planning for a visit.
Are the homeparent living areas equipped with cable and Wi-Fi?
Yes, the homeparent apartments/living areas are equipped with cable and Wi-Fi.
Where do children in care attend school?
Methodist Children’s Home has a charter school on the Waco campus operated in partnership with the University of Texas—University Charter School (UT-UCS) system where most children attend. However, educational needs are individualized and schools in the community may be utilized when appropriate.