Foster Care Information Events Planned
YAKIMA – While some may be considering becoming a foster parent, they may not know where to start.
That’s where foster families and staff with Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic come in. The Behavioral Health Services Foster Care Program is hosting informational events for families considering fostering youth in the community. The program is seeking families to sign up for both short-term and fulltime placements.
Questions will be answered about the program at the following information events:
- Friday, Oct. 26, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Wray’s Thriftway 5605 Summitview Ave, in Yakima.
- Saturday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Yakima Medical-Dental Clinic, 602 East Nob Hill Blvd. in Yakima.
- Saturday, November 10, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Rosauers at 410 S 72nd Ave in Yakima.
- Sunday, November 11, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Starbucks at 1312 South First Street in Yakima.
BHS Foster Care offers additional resources for families, above and beyond traditional programs. BHS Foster families serve youth who need extra support because of the effects of the separation from their families. From the trauma and stress of unsettling times, foster kids sometimes need a listening ear and someone to keep them safe. Some youth have not experienced the usual routines of family life and need extra understanding and patience.
BHS Foster families receive a whole team of support, including case managers, case aides, skills trainers and youth mentors. Foster parents receive monthly reimbursement to offset the expenses of another household member, in addition to training and case management. Foster kids also may receive support through counseling, pro-social activities, family visits, independent living skills, and educational support. Families receive respite care two days a month, free training, and on-call support 24/7.
For more information, area residents are invited to attend the information events or call (509) 453-1344.