Change a Life - Become a Foster Parent! (Youth ages 12+)

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ORGANIZATION: Boys & Girls Aid

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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

Requirements:

  • 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

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

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About Boys & Girls Aid

Location:

9320 SW Barbur Blvd #200, Portland, OR 97219, US

Mission Statement

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.

Description

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.

CAUSE AREAS

Children & Youth
Community
Homeless & Housing
Children & Youth, Community, Homeless & Housing

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Multiple locations Portland, OR 97201

(45.5056,-122.68822)
 

SKILLS

  • Youth Services
  • Child Welfare
  • Child Care
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Child Development
  • Relationship Building

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • 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

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