Foster Care

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.

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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.

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!

What is Therapeutic Foster Care?

In addition to traditional foster care, Youthnet also provides therapeutic foster care services.

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Foster Care Info Meeting

10:00 am - 11:30 am
Skagit Valley Co-op, 202 S 1st St, Mt Vernon
Interested in fostering, or want to know more about foster care in general? Come meet Youthnet's foster care team and learn about current foster care issues, how kids and teens enter foster care, and what it looks like to become a part-time or full-time foster parent.
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Holland Wood



Caregiver Core Training

9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Youthnet, 227 N. 4th St., Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Join us March 9-10 and 23-24 for Caregiver Core Training (CCT)! CCT is a 24-hour training that all new foster families in Washington state must complete as a part of the requirements to become licensed. Youthnet is excited to be able to offer this training here in Mount Vernon. This training is open to all new foster families, and is not limited to families licensing through Youthnet. The training is made up of eight sessions which are spread over the four days of training with a break for field experience after the first two days. Please note that this training requires you to be present for four full days from 9:30 AM - 4:00, with a 30 minute break each day for lunch. Please register in advance by clicking the RSVP button on this page, or emailing If you have any additional questions, please email
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Holland Wood

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