The Online Special Needs Caregiver Directory is a new tool that special needs families and caregivers can use to find each other. The directory is managed by Traci Weinhart, Project Manager at Family-Focused Support & Intervention Services.
The directory represents caregivers who are actively looking for work. Some of them are registered with the state of Oregon or Washington to provide state-paid care giving hours. Those who are not registered already are willing to go through the process of registering should a family request it.
The Online Directory consists of two log-in pages, one for families to access and one for caregivers. The "Family Access Page" shows families the caregivers that are available, as well as each caregiver's Special Needs Biography, experience, and availability. The "Caregiver Access Page" shows caregivers the families that are seeking care, their child(ren)'s specific needs/skill levels they will need, and the hours and days of week they need help.
The idea behind this directory is to help families and caregivers find quality matches as easily as possible. It is part of Family-Focused Support & Intervention Services, a parent advocacy and home-based special education intervention business located in Portland, Oregon. Please note, we do not employ the caregivers or represent any of the families. We are simply a connection service created out of a hope to make caregiving relief accessible to special needs families.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1.What is this service?
We are a connection service. We do not hire the caregivers, we just search for caregivers with special needs experience, interview them, and make Caregiver Profiles for families to look through. We interview candidates with excellent experience listed on their resumes and then collect references for caregivers that have been selected. We put their information in the caregiver directory for families to access and invite families and caregivers to come to our quarterly meet and greets throughout Portland. Caregivers on our directory have all signed professional conduct agreements stating that they will be reliable, professional, and respond to all inquiries within three days (regardless of if they can or cannot accept a position). If caregivers are not seeking additional hours, they have agreed to let us know so that we can take them off the directory. The caregivers on the directory are an accurate representation of caregivers actively looking for work in the Portland Metro area.
If you are interested in finding a caregiver, please fill out our "Family Seeking Caregiver" form below:
We offer a free connection service for families. Interested families need to fill out our "Family Seeking Caregiver" form. We will make a Family Profile for the family that will be put on our "Caregiver Access Page." Caregivers will be able to see the position and request contact information if they feel they would be a good match for that family's needs.
** Families who fill out our "Family Seeking Care" form will receive a 1-week log-in to access our "Family Access Page" where they can see the caregivers that we have available. If they would like to extend this, they can see the subscriptions below. **
We also offer subscriptions for families who would like more options:
Basic Subscription- $25 per year
All families need to fill out our "Family Seeking Caregiver" form in order for a Family Profile to be made for them.
Families who subscribe to the Basic Subscription will receive access to our online directory of Special Needs Caregivers actively looking for work. Caregivers in the directory all have special needs experience and have passed our interview screening. They also agree to respond to parent inquiries within 3 days. A Family Profile will also be made for caregivers to see your family's needs.
Premium Subscription- $50 per year
Premium subscribers will have everything listed above in the basic subscription, as well as the following:
- Their Family Profile will be viewable to caregivers one week before Basic Subscribers
- Their Family Profile will be prioritized above Basic Subscribers on the list.
- Premium families will have access to new Caregiver Profiles one week before they are released to the Basic Subscribers.
3. What happens if I do not hear back from a caregiver that I have tried to contact?
Caregivers have all signed a professional conduct agreement stating that they will respond to all inquiries within three days. If you have not heard back from a caregiver within 3 days, please email Traci at email@example.com. It is really important that families report these instances to us. We will send the caregiver a reminder of the agreement they signed and we will document the incident in their file. If caregivers are no longer seeking hours, they need to email us and let us know so that we can temporarily take their name off the list until they are interested in more hours. If a caregiver continues to not respond to inquiries, they will be taken off our registry and will not be allowed back on, even when they are looking for more hours.
4. Why isn't there contact information available on the online directory?
We do this for a couple reasons. For one, we have a limited supply of caregivers at this time. We are constantly searching for and interviewing new candidates to add to the directory, but it takes a lot of time and effort to make this service available. We need to ensure that the families requesting access to caregivers are subscribers that have filled out our family form. This is also in place for privacy of the caregivers, since there is a higher ratio of families seeking care than there are caregivers available.
4. I am a caregiver. How do I get added to your directory?
If you would like to be added to our caregiver directory and have at least one year of experience with special needs, please email your resume to Traci at firstname.lastname@example.org . Thank you for your interest!
5. I am a caregiver and would like to get registered with the state to provide caregiving services. How do I do that?
All counties are a bit different, but usually a caregiver needs to have a family recommend a caregiver to their caseworker. The caseworker will get you the forms you need to fill out. You need to have a family first before you can get registered with the state, which is why you will want to join the directory to find a family. If you would like more information on this, please contact our Community Resource Specialist Tiffany Craven at email@example.com
6.) I am a parent/guardian and am interested in signing up for state-provided caregiving hours. How do I do this?
If you need guidance with navigating state services, please contact Emily Farley at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will either help you directly or direct you to someone who can.