How do I become a foster parent?
Call (360) 336-1610 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, financially stable, pass a criminal background check, meet state home safety qualifying requirements, participate in a home study, attend a Caregiver Core Training (in-person or online) pre-service training and orientation, and 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.
What is respite?
Respite parents are a 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!
What is Therapeutic Foster Care?
In addition to traditional foster care, Youthnet also provides therapeutic foster care services.