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Change Lives - Become a part-time relief foster parent!

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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.

With relief care, you provide care for foster kids on a temporary basis - just a day or two at a time. Relief Parents support full-time foster parents, giving them time off when they need it and helping to ensure Oregon's foster kids receive the best possible care. Relief Parents can also provide care for a kid who is waiting for a local agency to find a longer-term home. Relief Care is a way to make a difference in the lives of young people, with a lower commitment than full-time fostering.

Relief parents work with youth of all ages and genders. Children are placed in the home anywhere from one night to several weeks.

What support does Boys & Girls Aid provide?

  • Dailystipend (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

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
  • 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.

Children & Youth
Community
Homeless & Housing

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.

SKILLS

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

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • Training and Certification: 2-6 months; After Certification: 2 weekends per month
  • 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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