Foster Care Info Session
Capital Hill Library
Capital Hill Library
Three former foster youth will share their experience about growing up in the foster care system. Beer provided by Lagunitas. Food provided by Mississippi Pizza, Porque No and Dave’s Killer Bread.
More than 8,000 children are in Oregon’s foster care system. If they stay in the system, they will likely drop out of high school, become homeless or be incarcerated. Boys & Girls Aid is bringing together foster parents, former foster youth and community leaders for a panel discussion to talk about how we can create positive futures for children in foster care.
Tuesday, June 27, 6:30-8:30 PM
Lagunitas Brewery Portland Community Room
237 NE Broadway, Suite 300, Portland, OR 97232
Here are upcoming opportunities to find out more about how you can become a foster parent with Boys & Girls Aid.
Thursday, June 22nd, 6-7 PM Mt. Scott Community Center:
5530 SE 72nd Ave,
Portland OR 97206
Thursday, July 13th, 6:30-7:30 PM, Hollywood Library
4040 NE Tillamook St,
Portland, OR 97212
Every year, hundreds of children enter Oregon’s foster care system. These children are unsure about their futures and the relationships in their lives. They have an immediate need for stability and safety. They need a supportive adult in their life.
Through our foster care program, you will provide a temporary arrangement for children who are unable to remain in their home due to abuse, neglect, or another issue that has created an unsafe environment. You will care for children until they can return home, be placed with a relative, or moved to a more permanent living situation through adoption.
You are providing a necessary resource to these youth, regardless of the length of time they spend with you. You will create a sense of belonging and make a significant impact in their lives. Your home may be the first place a child in foster care has felt safe in a long time. You will make a difference!
Boys & Girls Aid offers support and guidance to make sure you are successful as a foster parent. We provide a competitive stipend, between $1,240 and $1,550, to ensure our foster parents do not feel financially burdened by their commitment. We also offer paid respite care to give foster parents time for themselves. Our staff is experienced and available to assist you any time of the day, regardless of holiday and late night needs. We also hold an annual foster parent appreciation party to show how much we value your involvement in the lives of children in need.
Foster parents receive a tax-free stipend to cover the increase in living expenses associated with caring for a foster youth. The foster parent stipend can range from $1,240 to $1,550, depending on which foster care program. These costs can include groceries, utilities, gas, and sometimes personal items such as clothing. We also encourage foster parents to use the stipend for activities with youth, such as bowling outings, movie nights, or museum visits.
The length of a foster youth’s stay varies. Some youth will be in the home for just a few days, while others can stay for up to one year. When you are certified, you will be associated with a specific foster care program and will either have children for short-term placements (1-90 days) or for longer-term placements (9-12 months).