The family model of care that is utilized establishes a system that includes a father and mother that guide, nurture, and care for the children on a daily basis. Each family member is a support to the others through chores, meals, and activities.
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.
Behavioral Level System
The Behavioral Level System gives both house parents and children the understanding of the needs of the child. It 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 boundaries. Their boundaries, or established 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.