Shelter home parents do extraordinary things.
Helping Hands Serenity Homes shelter home parents are special people who provide guidance, love and stability to children and teens in need of a safe place to live.
Helping Hands Serenity Homes believes all youth need a caring home environment to reach their full potential. The program, which places children and teens age newborn to 18 in short-term shelter homes, ensures youth are nurtured in a safe and encouraging home setting as they begin their journey towards family reunification.
Shelter home parents have the opportunity to change the direction of a child who has experienced unimaginable trauma. By providing comfort, security, and hope, shelter home parents create an environment that encourages personal growth, instills family values, and celebrates successes.
The best part? Our parents aren’t in it alone. Helping Hands trained staff are there every step of the way to guide parents to become the best caregivers they can be. The program also offers a competitive stipend and an excellent training program.
Not sure if becoming a Shelter Home Parent is right for you? Continue reading for our Frequently Asked Questions or to take our short questionnaire.
Helping Hands Serenity Homes offers shelter home parents two options when selecting the type of youth they’d be willing and able to care for.
Shelter care for children and teens residing in New Jersey.
Providing a home to a child or teen in need of care is a rewarding act of dedication and compassion. Our domestic program provides care for children and teens age 9-18 for approximately 30 days in shelter homes throughout southern New Jersey. To learn more about the requirements to become a shelter home parent, download our Frequently Asked Questions.
Interested in speaking with someone about becoming a shelter home parent? Contact us today!
Shelter care for children and teens whose home of origin is not the United States.
Children and teens come to the United States each year with the hope of reconnecting with family. Center For Family Services offers these youth a safe and nurturing home environment by connecting them to shelter home parents for approximately 30 days while the Office of Refugee Resettlement works to locate their family. Shelter home parents interested in caring for these youth must be bi-lingual English/Spanish. Additionally, there may be the option to shelter sibling groups and/or pregnant teens. To learn more about the requirements to become a shelter home parent to international youth, download our Frequently Asked Questions.
Interested in speaking with someone about becoming a shelter home parent for international youth? Contact us today!
Youth are referred to Helping Hands Serenity Homes through the Division of Child Protection and Permanent and the Office of Refugee Resettlement.
NJ Department of Children and Families, Division of Child Protection and Permanency and the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Refugee Resettlement.
Potential shelter home parents must meet the following criteria to be considered:
- Must be 25 years of age
- Bi-lingual English and Spanish (if accepting youth immigrating from outside the United States)
- A legal US citizen or legal US resident
- Possess a valid NJ driver's license, with an insured vehicle
- Complete an extensive background check (be clear of convictions for crimes or disorderly person offenses)
- Have income sufficient to meet your family's needs
- Be in good general health
- Have stable housing
- Successfully complete interview screenings
- Successfully complete home study
- Successfully complete extensive training program