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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 (with Youthnet or with DCYF)
  • Attend a 24-hour Caregiver Core Training (online)
  • Complete the required paperwork
  • Participate in a home study with a Youthnet licensor
  • Complete HIV/AIDS training
  • Complete nationally certified infant/child/adult First Aid/CPR training
  • Complete a TB test with negative results

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 COVID-19 restrictions, 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 virtually helping families through the licensing process.  Click here for more information.


Join Us At Our Online Foster Care Info Meeting

Interested in fostering or want to know more about foster care in general? Join our team over Zoom for an online Foster Care Info Meeting. Participants will learn why kids and teens come into foster care, what services available to kids and families, who can become a foster parent, what is required for licensing and how it is currently being done virtually, the differences between licensing through a nonprofit and the state, and how to get involved. Your video/audio participation is optional, and those who participate through either video, audio, or comments will receive a training certificate.


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

  • Become a Respite Provider: 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!
  • Volunteer: Visit Fostering Family WA to view volunteer opportunities that support youth in care.
  • Learn More: To spend time learning about foster parenting in Washington State, visit Washington Fosters.

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