Residential Childcare Generalist


Palmer Home provides superior care for children while introducing the love of God through our service to each individual child. Palmer Home ensures restorative environments where children feel safe, connected and supported. Each child served by Palmer Home has a safe place to call home with trustworthy, supportive adults to guide them as they grow and develop into all that God created them to be. Palmer Home provides holistic care to each child based on their unique physical, emotional, spiritual and educational needs.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Campus Director, this position is responsible for assisting campus staff with daily responsibilities.


  • Be available to all cottages, in order to help transport children to appointments, school, and other activities.
  • Will periodically be required to reside on campus for overnight stays in cottage in order to watch over children assigned.
  • Be available to serve in cottages when needed for relief, vacations or emergencies.
  • Ensure each child’s basic physical needs are met while in the cottage: adequate nutrition, a clean sanitary home environment; appropriate clothing; healthy amounts of physical exercise; and doctor visits as needed.
  • In cooperation with the other houseparents and facilities staff, help maintain the campus living environment.
  • Whole Child certification and continued training.
  • Flexible schedule that will require working some nights and weekends.
  • May be asked to work in office occasionally if office employees are out.
  • May be asked to drive kids to and from home visits or out of town appointments.
  • Provide scheduled breaks for houseparents by providing supervision and support to youth while houseparents are out of the home or unavailable.
  • Provide supervision and transportation during monthly Parent Night Out and scheduled date nights in each cottage
  • Communicate pertinent events/aspects of a youth’s case with all team members on an ongoing basis.
  • Attend weekly meetings with Director and team to plan respite care dates and needs.
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with children and those engaged in the life of the child.
  • Provide accurate and insightful feedback to the social services staff working with each child.
  • Assist in the implementation of care plans for children.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Married Couple or Single person that is in agreement with the Palmer Home for Children Statement of Christian Beliefs and demonstrate a strong commitment to Christ consistent with the mission of Palmer Home status as a non-profit religious organization.
  • Willing to work in a close-knit community that works together as a team.
  • Prior experience parenting or working with children.
  • Able and willing to work in homes of either gender and any age group.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Must legally be able to work in the United States and pass a criminal background check.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and good driving record.
  • Must be physically able to meet the basic needs of children under care.
  • English language proficiency required.
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Must demonstrate flexibility and understanding due to unforeseen circumstances and multiple roles required in daily activity.
  • Must be qualified, capable, and willing to serve as a role model and mentor to children in care in accordance with Palmer’s core mission.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed.  They are not intended to be a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of this position.


For consideration of employment, please send the following documents:

  • Cover letter to include a statement of your religious affiliation
  • Resumé

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