About Us: Boys & Girls Aid has a 135-year history providing quality foster care services to children and families in Oregon. We’re focused on a future where every child, teen and young adult has the tools necessary to build lifelong and lasting relationships. We're committed to ensuring every child grows up with a family of their own.
About the Role:We are looking for foster parents to help guide children toward a healthier, happier future. If you have room in your heart and home and can offer a safe, stable, and caring home for a child, please get in touch.
The Neighborhood serves youth ages 12+ who are in Therapeutic Foster Care. These youth are in need of more support and guidance than regular foster care. Many of these youth have had extended involvement within the foster system, have had little stability and have experienced high-levels of trauma. These experiences affect a youth’s social and emotional behaviors as well as their trust in adults. Youth in Therapeutic Foster Care often have very few community connections. The Neighborhood creates a support network that mimics an extended family network developed to meet the complex needs of our youth. Foster families are valued and supported, and youth are at the center of a community network whose goal is to help them flourish! Placements last an average of 9 months-2 years.
What support does Boys & Girls Aid provide?
$1,750 tax-free monthly stipend (per youth) to support the needs of the youth
24-hour on-call support and guidance, both on the phone and in-person
Free trauma-informed training in addition to individual and group support meetings
Collaborative support team to meet the needs of the youth and support foster parents
Two days off per month
Be at least 21 years old
Have a residence within the Portland Metro Area with an open bedroom available
Ability to pass a federal, state, and local criminal background check and child abuse check
Have a valid Oregon Driver's License
Have a reliable vehicle to transport youth daily
Provide a separate bedroom in the home for the foster youth with a window and a door
Boys & Girls Aid has a 135-year history providing quality foster care services to children and families in Oregon. We’re focused on a future where every child, teen and young adult has the tools necessary to build lifelong and lasting relationships. We're committed to ensuring every child grows up with a family of their own.
In 1885, Boys & Girls Aid was founded in response to a crisis. Children were being abandoned on the streets of Portland with nowhere to go. The agency created a home for these children to go to and connection in the community to find families for them.
Over 135 years later and Oregon is facing a new crisis.
More than 8,000 children are living in Oregon’s foster care system. This morning, these children woke up in a bed that is not theirs, they are living without their parents, their siblings, their family pet, their teachers and friends. They are living in limbo, unsure about their future.
At Boys & Girls Aid, we see children in foster care for who they really are - kids. They are young people who have done nothing to deserve their situation and we believe that in the right family, they can thrive. It is our mission to make sure every child in foster care grows up in a family.
This is Boys & Girls Aid’s solution. Children in foster care need families who know their history and are invested in their future. The cycle of foster care is a brutal one that ends with children struggling as adults. To avoid this, we need to ensure their future safety and resolve their past traumas by connecting them with a forever family.
Our journey to end the cycle of foster care is not one we want to go at alone. Join us in building a better future for children in Oregon.
Children & Youth
Homeless & Housing
We'll work with your schedule.
This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.
May 10, 2021
Driver's License Needed
Must be at least 21
Orientation or Training
Training and Certification: 2-6 months; Foster Care Placements: 9 months - 2 years each
Upon Placement: Have a reliable vehicle to transport youth daily & provide a separate bedroom in the home for the foster youth with a window and a door