Frequently Asked Questions on Foster Care at Boys & Girls Aid
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- Who are the youth I will be caring for?
We provide services to youth 10-23 years of age in foster homes. Some of the youth we serve are referred to us through the Department of Human Services (DHS). DHS has identified these youth as those who could benefit from our more intensive services and our smaller caseloads. Some of our youth come into care through referrals such as the juvenile justice system or other community partners. Many have experienced abuse, neglect, or homelessness. Our foster care team will work carefully with you to place youth in your home whose needs you are best able to meet.
- Does my spouse/partner/housemate need to be certified?
All adults living in the home are expected to attend the pre-service training and become certified to care for the foster youth. There may be occasional exceptions to this – talk with our outreach coordinator for more information.
- Can my biological child share a room with a foster child?
No. Biological children and foster children may not share a bedroom. However, more than one foster child may be placed in a room together.
- Do I get paid for caring for foster youth?
Yes. Foster parents receive a tax free reimbursement for housing our young people. This is expected to cover the costs of caring for the youth (food, a share of the utilities, sometimes personal items such as clothing).
- Do I have to attend all three training days?
Yes, attending all three days is mandatory. Our trainings are designed to prepare you to work successfully with Boys & Girls Aid and with the youth we serve.
- How long do the children stay in my home?
We will work with you to identify the type of placement that works best for you. When you are certified, you will be associated with a specific program for youth. You will either have children for short term placements (30-90 days) or for periods of up to two years.
- What part of the state do you serve?
Boys & Girls Aid has foster homes in the tri-county Portland Metropolitan area, including Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas counties. For some youth, transportation and proximity to program services are important in choosing a foster home.
- How is this different from being a foster parent with the state?
The support we offer youth and foster parents is different from that of the State of Oregon. While in our care, youth are fully supported through comprehensive services such as individual and group counseling, skill building and individualized plans for their success. Our families receive round-the-clock support as well as small group training tailored to build skills and knowledge to assist with the vital work of being a foster parent.