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!
A year and a half ago, a 10-year-old child came to stay with The Smith’s, a Youthnet foster family. Due to all the traumatic things that had happened to him he had frequent behavioral responses each day. Before he came to stay with the Smith’s he had bounced from home to home because of challenging behaviors. Our team provided its wrap-around support network for him and the Smith's through Youthnet’s Therapeutic Foster Care Network (TFN) program. Keep reading to hear where this little guy is today!
Ian and Allison have shown compassion, empathy towards biological families, an understanding of trauma, and willingness to try new strategies. They became one of Youthnet’s go-to foster homes for emergent respite and short term placement needs. They began solely taking in older youth and youth who have challenging behaviors. They enjoy building relationships and have three teenagers who continue to remain in contact with them.
Skagit Valley recently lost one of its most generous and caring residents last week with the passing of Pat Grenfell. Pat was a staple of this community and a long-standing member of Youthnet's Board of Directors.
When families decide to become foster parents, they have the option to license through the State or through an agency like Youthnet for free additional support. If you're licensed with the State, or with another agency, here is the process for re-licensing through Youthnet...
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."