Please note that due to current CDC and Skagit County Public Health recommendations about COVID-19, the coronavirus, Youthnet staff are working from home whenever possible. If you need to reach a staff member, please utilize their emails and work cell numbers, as access to desk phones will be limited. Foster parent inquiries may be made through our website, and we will connect you with a staff member to talk about next steps. Thank you for your understanding!
Barb works for the Bellingham School District and says that the trauma-informed training she’s received as a teacher has helped prepare her for foster parenting. “People say ‘You don’t have to put up with this,’ and I say nothing about how hard this has been for me matches how hard this has been for them... It’s important to learn that behavior is communication and not manipulation."
BIPOC* and LGBTQ+* children are disproportionally represented in the foster care system. This means that the percentage of these youth in foster care is higher than the general community.
When children come into foster care, approximately half are able to be placed with relatives, friends, teachers, coaches, and other approved people that the child has a pre-existing relationship with. These relative caregivers and suitable others have the option to become licensed foster parents and gain access to a variety of free supports and services.
The foster care system can feel overwhelming and difficult to understand. Mindy says that when she was a new foster parent, she wouldn't have known what to do without Youthnet supporting her along the way. Families have the option to license directly with the State or with an agency like Youthnet for free additional supports. “I don’t know how people do it without an agency.”
Given current CDC and State recommendations regarding COVID-19, what steps can I take to become a licensed foster parent?
This week Youthnet received approval for two new homes, bringing us to a total of 40 Youthnet foster families!
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Youthnet's foster care programs have grown over the years, and this fall our team celebrated working with a current total of 30 licensed foster families!