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Youthville Foster Care

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There are hundreds of reasons to become a foster parent, each with their own challenges and rewards. EmberHope needs all types of foster parents from a variety of backgrounds to meet the needs of the children and youth in our communities. It is easier to become an adult if you’ve had a good childhood, and EmberHope foster parents truly make a difference in the lives of children. Consider becoming a foster parent, because together, we can foster a community of hope.

What is a foster parent?

Foster parents provide the things any parent should give a child such as shelter, food, clothing, medical care, nurturing and positive discipline. They serve as a substitute caregiver when children cannot live with their parents. Foster parents are also a part of the foster child’s professional team which includes the child’s birth family and case manager, EmberHope staff, teachers, therapists, doctors, attorneys and others.

As a foster parent with EmberHope’s Youthville foster care program, you play a vital role in our mission of “sparking change to improve lives.” We recognize becoming a professional team member to a child in foster care is one of the most important and life changing decisions you will make. Before placing a child in your home, state law requires your home be licensed, and we are here to walk beside you through this journey every step of the way!

With a 90-year legacy of providing quality services to children in foster care, EmberHope offers our foster parents knowledge and quality support to effectively navigate the child welfare system. Our highly skilled staff uses evidenced-based programs to serve hundreds of children and families each year who have experienced trauma or whose families are at-risk and need help.

What are the requirements to become a foster parent?

  • At least 21 years of age
  • Single or married
  • General overall good physical and emotional health
  • Financially able to provide for own family
  • Pass child abuse and criminal background checks
  • Own or rent a house or apartment that meets licensing requirements
  • Complete pre-service training

What benefits, training and support do foster parents receive?

  • An assigned worker to help navigate the foster care system
  • 24-hour on-call assistance
  • Ongoing communication regarding the children in care
  • Assistance with locating support services and resources as needed
  • Free ongoing training and support meetings in various locations
  • Health insurance for foster children
  • Monthly stipend to provide for children in care

Get a glimpse of what life is like for a child in care by watching this video.

What is fostering really like?

It often helps to hear from current foster parents about their real-life experiences. If you don’t know any, read a few of our foster parent testimonials.

How do I get started?

The very first step is as easy as picking up the phone and calling us at 800.593.1950, or you can apply online.

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Kansas

With more than 6,000 Kansas children in foster care, the need for additional foster homes is great. There is an even more significant need for Kansas foster care homes able to care for teens, sibling sets and special needs children.

Additional benefits for Kansas foster parents

  • Assistance with foster children’s day care expenses
  • Assistance with items such as clothes, school supplies and incidentals

Become a foster parent!

Get involved in shaping the lives of foster children by offering care and support to them and their parents. Apply online today, or call us at 800.593.1950 to get started.

Fostering a community of hope

In partnership with United Methodist Churches, EmberHope’s Youthville foster care program is implementing a ministry model to attract, engage, support and retain foster families by demonstrating they are not alone. Through engaging and mobilizing a network of volunteers, individuals share time, treasures and talents to support foster families in their local communities.

To learn how you can support a foster family, visit our Get Involved page today. Together, we can foster a community of hope!

 

Texas

EmberHope’s Youthville foster care program is proud to bring its rich history of providing quality foster care services to the state of Texas. We are currently licensed with the state of Texas to provide foster and adoption services.

Additional benefits for Texas foster parents

  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Initial clothing reimbursement

What is a foster/adopt parent?

A foster/adopt parent provides a permanent, lifelong commitment to a child. In many cases, the children may have already been living with the family through kinship care or foster care so they are familiar with their new family. If the child becomes legally free for adoption and a good match is identified, foster/adopt parents can become the child’s permanent parents for the rest of their lives. Visit our adoption page for more information.

Become a foster parent!

Get involved in shaping the lives of foster children by offering care and support to them and their parents. Apply online today, or call us at 210.441.0625 to get started. Together, we can foster a community of hope!

 

Washington

Children are awaiting foster home placements every day in the state of Washington. There are many wonderful foster families but more are necessary to meet the need.

Behavior rehabilitation services

Behavior rehabilitation services (BRS) are temporary, intensive wraparound support and treatment programs for youth with high-level service needs. BRS are used to stabilize youth (in-home or out-of-home) and assist in achieving their permanent plan. This service is commonly called therapeutic foster care. BRS foster parents are generously compensated for their dedicated care and time intensive efforts.

BRS are intended to safely:

  • Keep youth in their own homes with wraparound supports to the family
  • Reunify or achieve alternative permanency more quickly
  • Meet the needs of youth in family-based care to prevent the need for placement into a more restrictive setting
  • Reduce length of service by transitioning youth to a permanent home or less intensive service

Become a foster parent!

Get involved in shaping the lives of foster children by offering care and support to them and their parents. Apply online today, or call us at 360.651.4444 to get started.