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Become a Treatment Foster-Care Parent or Respite Provider

Available Locations: Albuquerque, and Gallup

Treatment Foster-Care Parents are men and women, 21 years of age or older who provide intensive treatment and support services in their home on a full-time basis to children and adolescences who have severe emotional and behavioral disorders often stemming from abuse and neglect.  The goal of a Foster-Care parent is to provide a warm, stable, nurturing environment coupled with the therapeutic intervention needed to treat and prepare a child for return to his or her biological or extended family, or for transition to the least restrictive appropriate setting. 


Treatment Foster-Care Respite Providers are men and women 21 years of age or older who provide on an as-needed basis, relief for the Foster Parents or Biological Parents by taking over their duties so that they can have time off.  Foster-Care Respite is ideal for those individuals who are willing to give some time to troubled children that are desperately in need of love, attention and positive role models.

Children and adolescents come to HDFS directly from troubled families, institutions, hospitals, and other residential settings that have been unable to to provide the structure, supervision or clinical interventions needed. We offer an alternative to costly institutions, hospitals and juvenile detainment.

Each Treatment Foster-Care Parent becomes part of a multi-disciplinary treatment team, led by a coordinator.  The coordinator works with the foster parent(s), biological family, psychologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians and other behavioral and medical specialists as necessary to meet the child's individualized treatment plan.

To become a Treatment Foster Parent or Respite Provider, you must

  • Have a desire to change the future of a troubled child.

  • Pass all background and security checks

  • Prepare for the job by attending necessary training and certification programs.

  • Work as active member of the team in the best interest of the child.

  • Be prepared for a challenging and full-filling career.


Become a Family Living or Respite Provider

Available Locations: Albuquerque, Clovis, Farmington, and Roswell

Family Living  Providers are men and women 21 years of age or older from every ethnic group, educational background and neighborhood setting,  who provide living assistance in their home to adults or children who have developmental disabilities. These individuals live with the Family Living provider interacting  with their family and community according to their own interests, and acquire skills. The level of support and the intensity of services required by the individual will vary from person to person. High Desert Family Services will work with you in making a good match between you and an individual.  The matching process ensures that there is a goodness of fit between the individual receiving services and the independent contractor providing the services so that a deep cooperative, trusting and mutual respectful relationship can be established and maintained.

Respite and Substitute Care Providers are men and women 21 years of age or older who provide the primary Family Living provider time off. These special individuals take over on an as needed basis for several primary providers. On-Call assistance is always available to answer questions, or get assistance while on duty with a consumer.

High Desert follows an intensive provider approval process developed by the Department of Health for Family Living Services that includes, but is not limited to:

  • Formal application
  • Work and personal references
  • Financial profile
  • Health profile
  • History and experience with persons with disabilities
  • Background checks of other persons living in the home
  • Evaluation of the Health and Safety of the home


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