The residence is based on a family model of care. It is set up where a house mother and father with their biological children live with six placed children in a home environment.

There are four houses where the children live most of the time but there is another house that is called the “relief” house. Children will move to this house for one week each month so that house parents can recharge, spending valuable time to reenergize with family.

The family model takes into account that each home can have eleven people in residence. This means that there are chores, a “behavioral level system”, and individual responsibilities for the family to function efficiently.

Chores include; sweeping and mopping main areas, helping cook, setting the table, cleaning the table, putting food away, trash disposal, lawn maintenance, snow removal, etc.

The “behavioral level system” is an understood set of privileges and the loss of privileges based on behavior and achievement. House parents can manage a large home when each of the children understands their responsibilities and the boundaries. The boundaries (established house rules of conduct) are set up for their protection and guidance.

Individual responsibilities are brought to light in counseling settings and house parent guidance. Responsibilities can be established in room cleanliness, personal hygiene, laundry assignments and general respect for others.
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