Foster Care

Foster parents and respite parents needed!

There are 10,068 children and teens in foster care in Washington State.  These youth are often separated from their siblings, placed in group homes, or placed out of state due to a lack of foster homes.  By becoming a Youthnet foster parent, you can help keep youth in their communities.

 

How do I become a foster parent?

Foster parents must be over 21 years old and financially stable.  Youthnet welcomes adults of all genders, races, and religions.  We also welcome single parents, partnerships, and married couples.

Call (360) 336-1610 or send us an email and we will walk you through every step of the process!  All foster parents must pass a criminal background check, meet state home safety qualifying requirements (i.e. have enough space), participate in a home study, attend a Caregiver Core Training (CCT) pre-service training, and complete First Aid/CPR and HIV/AIDS training.  Once licensed, foster parents must continue to meet all safety requirements and participate in ongoing trainings.

 

What qualities do you look for in a foster parent?

  • Be attentive, understanding, consistent, and patient with youth
  • Have appropriate attitudes toward safety, nurturing, discipline, expectations, and age-appropriate behavior to create a safe environment
  • Have the time, energy, commitment, and emotional stability to work with youth’s unique situations
  • Be willing to take children to most doctor, dentist, and counseling appointments
  • Support children in becoming involved in school and community activities
  • Able to model constructive family relationships

 

What is respite?

Respite parents are a part of a youth’s extended foster family.  In the same way that many youth occasionally spend a weekend at their aunts’, uncles’, or grandparents’ houses, Youthnet works with respite parents to provide the same opportunity to foster youth and foster families.  TFN foster families receive one weekend per month of respite, and their youth often go to the same respite home every month, building a relationship with the them over time.

 

How do I become a respite parent?

The licensing process to become a respite provider is the exact same as the process to become a foster parent.  If you’re interested in fostering but aren’t quite ready to do it full time, respite is a great place to start!

 

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