Are You Ready to Become a Foster Parent?
Are you willing to open your heart and home to a foster child? We’ll be honest, being a foster parent can be challenging. At the same time, we hear from many foster parents that they have grown from the experience.
In our LCS Northwest foster programs, we recruit, license and support foster parents. We are here to help foster parents so they aren’t in this alone. Our goal is to help you provide a stable home for youth who cannot live with their families. We recruit parents for two different programs – International Foster Care and Domestic Foster Care.
If you have an interest in or questions about being a foster parent please call our foster parent recruiter at 509-343-5018.
Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Foster Care
We place refugee children under the age of 18 in foster homes around the Spokane area.
Foster parents and program staff work together to provide a safe haven to refugee and immigrant children from around the world. Refugee youth will be supported in their work to heal from past trauma while they pursue goals of learning English, getting an education, and preparing for a future of independence. Foster families are asked to make a long-term commitment to care for refugee child placed in their home.
Informational meetings for the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Program are held on the second Tuesday of every month from 5:30-7:30pm at 210 W. Sprague, Spokane WA 99201.
The role of a Refugee Foster Parent is to:
- Provide a safe and supportive home environment.
- Offer emotional support while managing behavior.
- Provide transportation and support for education, medical appointments and extracurricular activities.
- Be willing to learn about the youth’s culture and incorporate it into your home.
- Provide opportunities for youth to establish meaningful life-long relationships.
Most foster parents report a positive experience with refugee children. Many say they receive more from their foster children than what they gave.
Foster families receive:
- Youth and behavioral parenting support
- Intensive case management
- 24-hour on-call services
- Initial and ongoing training
- Compensation package
International foster youth receive:
- Foster care placement
- Individual counseling/behavioral support
- Skill development
- Participation in school and/or work
- Intensive case management
- Psycho-pharmacology services
- Community connections and support services
Domestic Foster Care
We work collaboratively with State of Washington social workers and our certified foster parents to support youth who have complex behavioral needs. This program includes intensive case management services.
In addition to case management, our services include:
- 24 hour/7 days a week support
- School advocacy
- Parent support
- Behavior support planning
- Therapeutic intervention
- Aide support
Foster youth in this program experience increased stability, support and safety. Foster parents report an increase in competency and satisfaction because of the support and coaching from our professionals.
As a Trauma-Informed Care organization, Lutheran Community Services Northwest strives to ensure that individuals of all ages have timely access to services from knowledgeable caring providers. To provide clinically and culturally appropriate behavioral healthcare and related services, our experienced staff seek to understand each person’s unique situation, and then develop a plan to assist individuals on their path to wellness through counseling and skill building.
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