Home Parent FAQs
Do you have to be a member of the Methodist Church to be a home parent?
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 home parent schedule?
Home parents 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?
Home parents will attend week long New Hire Orientation followed up by annual training requirements.
What household responsibilities do home parents and children have?
Home parents and children complete a daily routine that includes chores and other typical household duties.
What is the home parent dress code?
Home parents are expected to wear modest comfortable attire and may dress up on occasion such as for church services or special events.
Can home parents have pets?
Yes, with prior approval.
Can my family come visit?
Yes, home parents can have guests. Your direct supervisor will guide you through the appropriate procedure for planning for a visit.
Are the home parent living areas equipped with cable and Wi-Fi?
Yes, the home parent 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.