Boys & Girls Aid

Foster Care Info Session

Capital Hill Library

Learn more about becoming a foster parent

Here are upcoming opportunities to find out more about how you can become a foster parent with Boys & Girls Aid.

Thursday, September 14th, 6:00-7:00 PM, Boys & Girls Aid
018 SW Boundary Ct,
Portland, OR 97239

Tuesday, September 26th, 6:30-7:30 PM Midland Library:
805 SE 122nd Ave.
Portland, OR 97233

Wednesday, October 11th, 6:00-7:00 PM, Boys & Girls Aid
018 SW Boundary Ct,
Portland, OR 97239

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Get Started

To start the process of becoming a foster parent with Boys & Girls Aid, please fill out the information below. We will send you more information that will assist you with the certification process. Questions? Call us at 503.542.2312 or email us .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Foster Care

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!

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Why should I become a foster parent with Boys & Girls Aid?

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.

Do I get paid for caring for foster youth?

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.

How long do the children stay in my home?

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).

What part of the state do you serve?

Boys & Girls Aid foster homes are in the tri-county Portland Metropolitan area, which includes Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties. Transportation and proximity to Boys & Girls Aid locations are important in choosing a foster home, as our youth often receive services at both our main office in Southwest Portland and other locations in Southeast Portland. Unfortunately, due to state restrictions, we are unable to certify homes anywhere in the state of Washington.