Home of the Innocents enriches the lives of children and families with hope, health, and happiness.  Established in 1880, the Home provides a range of important residential and community-based programs. The Home provides our community with a range of important residential, treatment and community-based programs.  Our programs include offering a safe haven for at-risk children; pediatric medical care; shelter and education for pregnant and parenting teens; crisis and intervention services; clinical treatment services and therapeutic loving foster and adoption services.  The Home also operates a pediatric convalescent center for children who are dependent on technology to sustain life, as well as children who are terminally ill.  Thanks to our many supporters, we operate world-class facilities that impact children’s lives throughout our region. For many of these children, this is where hope begins.  The Home really is the heart of our city.

Purpose and Vision: 

Home of the Innocents enriches the lives of children and families with hope, health, and happiness. 

We create better outcomes for those we serve through a culture of support and development for our team members. We are a trusted resource for children and families in our community. We provide person-centered, integrated services dedicated to improving lives. We embrace innovation, optimize technology, and use evidence-based treatment models to help build a better future. We inspire our stakeholders to action. We focus on meeting increased needs throughout our state by engaging partners to achieve sustainable growth.


Creating an atmosphere of loving care; valuing the worth and dignity of all who benefit from, or work at, Home of the Innocents.

Embracing the whole health of all who serve or are served by Home of the Innocents; connecting staff, residents, clients, and patients to the care and services needed to nurture the mind, body, and spirit.

Instilling confidence, independence, and trust in staff, children, and families of Home of the Innocents to cultivate strength and resilience; advocating for the vulnerable populations we serve.

Striving to ensure that our efforts tomorrow are better than they are today; providing the highest quality staff, services, and facilities on a local and national level.

Home of the Innocents is hiring MSWs and BSWs (with experience) as In-Home Specialists.

In-Home Specialist - Homebuilders

The general purpose of your job is to keep children who are clients of HOTI safe at all times and to be respectful of the children and their families as valued customers.

Job Purpose: Provide intensive family preservation services using the HOMEBUILDERS® model, including crisis intervention, counseling, skill building, concrete services and advocacy. Serve two families at a time, whose children are at imminent risk of out of home placement or cannot be reunified without intensive services.  Provide services primarily in client’s home and maintain a positive working relationship with the Indiana Department for Children’s Services (DCS). Serve regions 15 and 18 in Indiana which include the following counties: Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Scott and Washington (R18) or Dearborn, Decatur, Jefferson, Ripley, Switzerland and Ohio counties (R15).

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serve an average of 18-22 families per year, provide 24/7 availability to clients for emergencies, transport clients as necessary in your personal vehicle.
  • Meet with families 3-5 times per week, approximately 10 hours per week, over a 4-6 week period.
  • Maintain a flexible workweek, scheduling sessions at times convenient for families, and when problems are likely to occur, including weekends, evenings and holidays.
  • Prepare for and actively participate in weekly group consultation meetings with team and supervisor.
  • Assess safety with families, use clinical strategies designed to promote safety as needed.
  • Conduct client-interactive, comprehensive, strength and behavior focused interventions as needed.
  • Provide weekly updates to DCS including any missed appointments and safety concerns.
  • Complete and submit all Homebuilders and agency required paperwork in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Attend all agency-required trainings, in addition to all required Institute for Family Development trainings.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s degree in social work, psychology, human services related field; OR Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, human services related field and at least two years of experience working with children and families required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse individuals, exercise discretion, maintain client confidentiality, and communicate effectively in verbally and in writing is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and exercise professional decision making skills and judgment is required.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age and must live within a reasonable distance to designated service area.
Working Conditions
  • Requires working flexible hours, including evenings, weekends and holidays. 
  • Requires extensive travel to client homes and throughout the community.
  • Work is performed primarily in client’s home, where conditions may include tobacco smoke, domestic animals, household pets, roaches, bedbugs, lice, mold and other allergens, and other conditions common to domestic environments. 


  • Ability to move across uneven terrain, remain sitting for long periods of time, ascend and descend stairs (with or without reliable handrail), and navigate within cluttered, disorganized or unclean home environments.
  • Ability to use a computer to access the online client information system to enter required clinical documentation.