that each night in Oregon, there are about 250 children in foster care waiting for an adoptive family.
STEP stands for stabilization, transition, and evaluation program. STEP is a short-term shelter program that provides young people, ages 10 to 18, with assessment, evaluation, behavioral rehabilitation, and service planning and placement recommendations. In the STEP Program, youth are placed in foster homes or shelter facilities with trained foster parents and staff who are dedicated to helping them take the next positive ‘STEP’ in their lives.
STEP serves youth who are court involved or in the custody of the Department of Human Services and are in need of short term shelter and evaluation, counseling and support, and assistance making their next life transition. They are likely to have histories of runaway behavior, self harm, sexual re-activeness, law violations, drug and alcohol use, property destruction, as well as academic and behavioral problems in school.
In the STEP program, youth are placed in foster homes, or at Seneca House, depending on which environment best suits their needs. In either of these situations, youth receive: