Youth of all ages and all ethnic and economic backgrounds need foster care. It is vital to share that youth in care are first and foremost children. They laugh, they love, they have pets, and they have best friends. Youth in foster care are going through a very hard time in their own families related to concerns which brought them before the Juvenile Justice System. Like adults, youth can be depressed, anxious, fearful, and angry. Some have emotional, medical and/or developmental challenges. They may have delayed social skills and/or special school needs. Like all kids, youth in foster care need stability, comfort, and routine in their lives.
Resource (foster) parents are urgently needed to care for youth who cannot live and be cared for by their relatives or extended non-related family members. Resource (foster) parents fulfill a vital role in ensuring that youth are safe and nurtured to grow and thrive.
Resource (foster) parents are especially needed to care for:
Youth on Probation and under the supervision of a Probation Officer.
Youth with special medical, emotional, developmental, and educational needs.
Youth with substance abuse issues.
The Juvenile Probation Division (JPD) makes every effort to place youth with resource (foster) families who can provide the right family space for a specific youth. This helps to provide comfort and hope. The goal of JPD and the Juvenile Justice System is to reunify youth with their birth/legal parent(s) if and when it is safe. We need every resource (foster) family to support the goal of reunification while also being committed to providing a permanent home if the birth/legal parents are unable to reunify. This blending of helping youth and parents to reunite while making plans for permanence (adoption or Legal Guardianship) if reunification is not possible is called "Concurrent Planning." You will work closely with the youth’s Probation Officer, the school, therapists, and other professionals. You will also work with the youth’s birth/legal family by giving support to visitation with parents/siblings and the youth’s relationships with extended family.