- Who can become a certified Family Home Provider?
- Is there special training involved?
- What does it take to become a certified Family Home Provider?
- What are the needs of clientele served by COI?
- What role do I play in deciding which client will live in my home?
- How long am I expected to serve this person in my home?
- How many people can I serve in my home at one time?
- How am I reimbursed for the services I provide?
Who can become a certified Family Home Provider?
You can be single, married, or have other family members living with you in your home. However, you must be able to demonstrate stability, warmth, and the capacity to include another family member into your everyday home life.
You must also have at least one (1) year of direct care experience in the field serving people with developmental disabilities, social work, counseling, or education.
Is there special training involved?
Yes. COI provides you with an intensive certification training program. After you have been certified, you are required to meet face-to-face with COI Staff once a month and attend quarterly in-services. Opportunities to attend conferences and seminars are available to Family Home Providers throughout the year.
What does it take to become a certified Family Home Provider?
A family home provider must be certified by COI prior to serving one of our clientele. The certification process can take a couple of months to complete and includes the following components:
- Core Certification Training
- Additional Certification Training
- Family Home Assessment and Evaluation
- Issuance of Certificate of Approval
What are the needs of clientele served by COI?
Clientele placed in family homes through COI have varying needs and are from various backgrounds. They all have a developmental disability that may include the following: mental retardation, autism, epilepsy, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and/or other substantially handicapping conditions.
COI specializes in the skills necessary to assist family home providers in serving clientele who may have challenges that require special supports.
What role do I play in deciding which clientele will live in my home?
Prior to placing, we have to assure that there is a good match between the people we support and your family home. COI can make arrangements for short-term trial home visits.
How long am I expected to serve this person in my home?
This will vary from client to client.
How many people can I serve in my home at one time?
The number of people receiving support from you will vary upon the needs of the client, your skill, and resources that are available. No more than two (2) clients will be placed into the same family home.
How am I reimbursed for the services I provide?
COI will reimburse you monthly for services, room, and board. Reimbursement for services varies depending upon the service needs of the client served and the family home providers’ skill level.
There is a tax advantage in that payment for services is not considered taxable income. Contact your tax consultant for further advice.
To find out about the next COI Orientation date in your area, please contact your nearest COI office.