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 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.