When you foster with Refugees Northwest, you’ll receive high quality support aimed at the whole family, every step of the way. From training to cultural connections to community building activities, our staff is committed to ensuring every family has what they need to thrive.
- Dedicated Social Worker
Your family will be matched with a dedicated social worker who provides case management and foster family support. Social workers carry a low caseload and many are bilingual, often allowing for a language match with the foster youth’s first language.
- Monthly Training and Community Building
You will have the opportunity to attend monthly trainings that are tailored to the unique needs of foster parents of unaccompanied refugee and immigrant teens. Trainings follow a community dinner that allows youth and parents to connect with each other and informally share experiences. Youth workshops are offered at the same time as parent trainings with a focus on independent living skills. Additional activities, such as a summer picnic and graduation celebrations, are also offered throughout the year.
- Reimbursement and Additional Stipend
You will receive a monthly reimbursement to help provide for the needs of your foster youth. Built into this reimbursement are additional funds to help meet your foster youth’s cultural needs.
- Health Care Coverage for Foster Youth
The foster youth in your home will have complete medical and dental coverage to meet their health needs. This also includes vision and mental health benefits.
“After being here for over 4 years I still get excited about the way we see lives transformed in this program – the youth and the families. It is so amazing to see families in our program and think, ‘Wow! It seems like they were always meant to be together.’ As a staff we strive to help build those connections and support the growth and education of our youth in many different ways.”
– Refugees Northwest Foster Care staff member