First Thursday Foster Parent Support Group
Welcome! Youthnet offers ongoing support groups to our foster families, and these meetings are open to all DCYF, Youthnet, and other agency licensed foster parents on the first and third Thursday of each month.
Youthnet's First Thursday Support Groups are hosted by Larisa Koenig M.Ed. Larisa works with Youthnet to provide support and advocacy for our Native youth and caregiver families. Larisa previously served as a foster parent liaison for Fostering Together, supervisor of tribal child welfare, mental health counselor for Native American children in foster care, classroom teacher, and dean of students. Larisa is a certificated school administrator and a foster adoptive parent with years of child welfare experience in Washington state.
These groups are interactive and conversational. Foster parents are encouraged to ask questions and participate over video. We ask that participants refer to cases in general terms and avoid sharing confidential information about their children and their families. First Thursday groups do not contain a training component or certificate.
Youthnet is a non-profit foster care agency based in Mount Vernon, WA. Youthnet provides support services to children, youth, and families in Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, Island, San Juan, King, Pierce, and Kitsap, Clallam, and Jefferson Counties.