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Foster Care

Youthnet's Foster Care Programs

Youthnet is a non-profit based in Mount Vernon, WA.  We work with children and families in Skagit, Whatcom, Snohomish, San Juan, and Island Counties.  Youthnet has provided foster care services for 50 years, and in 2017 we added a therapeutic foster care program to our services.  These programs work seamlessly together, and foster families have the option to work with both programs, with kids of all ages.  Both of Youthnet's foster care programs are contracted with the state to license foster homes, match kids with these families, and provide ongoing support and services, such as:

  • A Youthnet licensor to walk you through the entire licensing process
  • A Youthnet case manager with a small case load
  • A Youthnet visit supervisor to provide transportation and supervision during your foster child's visits
  • Quarterly foster parent support groups, including training, dinner, and childcare
  • 24/7 on-call support
  • Respite
  • Case aide services (for kids in our therapeutic program)

When we provide case management, Youthnet's goal is to support the entire foster family.  Fostering is tough work, and it's important to us that you know you're never in it alone.

Youthnet is a no-fee agency.  There is no cost to license with Youthnet or to receive our services.


How do I become a foster parent?

Call (360)420-2206 or send us an email and we will walk you through every step of the process!  All foster parents must:

  • Be over 21 years old
  • Be financially stable
  • Be able to pass a criminal background check
  • Meet state home safety qualifying requirements
  • Attend an orientation (online or in-person with Youthnet)
  • Attend a 24-hour Caregiver Core Training (in-person or online)
  • Complete the required paperwork
  • Participate in a home study
  • Complete First Aid/CPR HIV/AIDS training and a TB test

Once licensed, foster parents must continue to meet all safety requirements and participate in ongoing trainings.

Youthnet welcomes adults of all genders, races, and religions.  We also welcome single parents, partnerships, married couples, and LGBTQ identified parents.  Foster parents can be renters or home owners.


Given current recommendations regarding COVID-19, what steps can I take to become a licensed foster parent?

There has been an urgent need for foster homes for many years, and unfortunately we continue to need homes now more than ever. This is an uncertain time for youth in care, and we are looking for caregivers who can provide them with reassurance, support, and a stable home.  Youthnet is actively accepting foster parent applications and helping families through the licensing process. There are many aspects that can be completed prior to starting in-person interviews.  Click here for more information.

What if I'm not ready to foster full-time?

Respite parents are 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.  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!


Online Foster Care Info Meeting

3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Interested in fostering, or want to know more about foster care in general? Join Youthnet for our first online live video Foster Care Info Meeting. We will share about how kids and teens come into foster care, the services available to kids and families, the differences between licensing through a nonprofit and the state, what it looks like to become a foster parent or respite provider, and how to get involved. Pre-registration is required, and those who register will be sent an email invitation to participate through Zoom. Your video/audio participation is optional, and those who participate through comments will receive a training certificate.
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