Finding the Perfect Couple Jobs in Residential Care: Tips and Tricks

If you and your partner are passionate about helping children and looking for a career that allows you to work together, then a houseparent job could be the perfect fit. As a couple team, you can offer a unique and dynamic approach to caring for children in a home environment where you will model positive family values. You’ve made it to, which means you’re interested in exploring this career path, but where do you go from here? Here are some tips and tricks to help you find the ideal position.

Teamwork Literally Makes the Dream Work

Houseparenting is a rewarding but often demanding job and it requires both individuals in a marriage to be on board from the beginning. While it’s common for one spouse to initially be more interested in pursing a houseparent opportunity, it’s critical that both husband and wife are committed to making this career a success, from job application to day 1 of your new job and beyond.

Research, Research, Research

The first step is to research the different types of residential care facilities and the job roles available. Many of the employers on hire married couples to work with children and teens who come from difficult backgrounds, through no fault of their own. But some facilities may specialize in caring for individuals with other, more specific needs, such as those with disabilities, mental health challenges, or substance abuse disorders. It's important to identify the type of care that you're both interested in providing and the level of support you're comfortable with.

Tailor Your Resume

Once you have identified the type of care you want to provide, tailor your resume to showcase your skills and experience in that area. Emphasize your ability to work as a team, as well as any experience you have working in residential care. Highlight any relevant certifications or training you have completed, such as First Aid and CPR. If you need experience in a particular area, explore volunteer opportunities that will give you hands-on training.


Networking is a crucial part of finding the perfect couple job in residential care. Reach out to other professionals in the industry, attend job fairs, and join relevant online forums. Consider volunteering or working part-time in a residential care facility to gain experience and make connections.

Be Flexible

Flexibility is key when it comes to finding the perfect couple job in residential care. Be open to different types of positions, shifts, and locations. Sometimes the perfect job may not be exactly what you had in mind, but it could open a door to a more ideal position in the future.

Finding the perfect couple job in residential care means that both partners need to be equally on board and committed to a career change. With the right approach, you and your partner can find a fulfilling and rewarding career working together and caring for others.

To explore jobs as a houseparent or residential care specialist, visit our Job Search page.


About the Author is a career resource and job board for people interested in pursuing a career in residential childcare. Our mission is to connect dedicated married couples and individuals with employers hiring houseparents, cottage parents, teaching couples and other live-in caregiving roles. Our goal is to share tools, resources and career opportunities so that you can make an impact in the lives of children who need it most.

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