Friends of Youth foster parents receive support from a variety of resources to prevent and reduce foster parent stress and family crisis, including training, respite care, staff consultation, peer support, crisis intervention and costs of extraordinary child expenses.
Friends of Youth offers at least one training event per month, building skills in caring for children in the home. In addition, we pay a stipend for each monthly training event.
Primary Support Staff at Friends of Youth
In most cases, the Friends of Youth Case Manager (CM) will be the person directly responsible for the therapeutic care of the foster child.
- The CM will contact the foster family frequently to discuss case goals and support.
- Other professional staff are available for the support and care of each child, including a case aide, the foster care program manager, the foster care licenser and other members of the child’s treatment team.
- A foster care staff member is available 24/7 through a dedicated cell phone.
The monthly reimbursement is paid to foster parents to cover all your care and supervision of the child as well as basic expences for the child's room and board, transportation, clothing and personal incidentals, i.e., hygiene products, school supplies, etc.
Other Financial Support for Foster Youth
Children in the foster care program have access to the Friends of Youth support to help reach their goals. Examples of some items provided to foster children:
- Driver’s education
- Bus passes for school, or as part of their treatment plan
- I.D. card and birth certificate fees (first copies only)
- Senior photos (up to $150 contribution)
There may be times when the foster parent will need child care for the foster child for a few hours or for an occasional weekend. In some circumstances, emergency respite is needed. Foster parents are eligible for two days of out-of-home respite per month, up to six days per quarter.
Become a part of our therapeutic team:
Foster Home Recruiter and Licensor
Susan Minyard (425) 228-5776 ext 129