Children’s Host Home
At MENTOR Oregon, we believe that children belong in homes with caring, responsible adults. We take pride in our ability to provide community-based care for children in need through our Children’s Host Home program which serves youth ages 13 to 18 who have complex emotional and behavioral challenges. With the help of our caregivers, who we call proctor parents, we offer 24-hour personalized care in an organic family setting helping teens and young adults develop a positive direction for their lives.
Our goal is to combine ongoing treatment with the nurturing support of our caring proctor parents to help children heal and grow in the communities that they call home.
Our proctor parents do more than open their homes to the children in our program; they open their hearts, too. We carefully screen our proctors and ensure they are equipped with the skills necessary to offer the support and treatment the children we serve need to develop and lead healthy, stable lives.
We are with our proctors every step of the way, acting as a resource and helping them provide individualized treatment and care. We provide on-call assistance to answer questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our expert program coordinators are available to make house calls and offer guidance and support anytime, day or night. Proctor families also have access to relief support each month, provided through our network of substitute caregivers and fellow proctor families.
With support from our expert team, proctors provide a family environment, as well as:
- Nurturing support
- Life skills development
- Therapeutic intervention
- Medication management oversight
- Access to family and community-based activities
- 24-hour, home-based monitoring
- Communication with school system
- Coordination of medical and psychiatric appointments
- Communication to maintain relationships with biological family
Individualized Service and Care
Our program coordinators work with each child, a behavior specialist, a community-based therapist, and a psychiatrist (if necessary) to develop positive behavior supports and unique goals within an Individual Support Plan (ISP). These goals may include making contributions to the household with chores or expanding a child’s social network by signing up for community classes or volunteering opportunities.
Each child is provided with a minimum of eight hours of skills training outside of the proctor home every week. A skills trainer matches a child’s personal interests with community activities and focuses on abilities and areas in which skill development is needed. These activities may include:
- Dance lessons
- Horseback riding
- Fitness activities
- Community volunteering
Through our comprehensive matching process, we ensure that our proctors are ready to support each child’s specialized needs. Find out more about MENTOR Oregon’s Children’s Host Home program by contacting the office nearest you.
Want to Make a Difference?
Become a Caregiver
As a proctor parent, you can make a difference in a child’s life and earn money at home. Visit makeadifferenceathome.com to see how you can change a life as a caregiver, and click the “Get Started” button to connect with one of our staff members. You can also contact your local office to learn more about becoming one of our dedicated caregivers who we call proctors.