You can make a difference in the life of a child! Our team provides a bridge to nurturing, permanent homes by offering not only a safe and loving foster home, but also individualized support and intervention based on the unique needs of each child and family.


Types of Foster Homes

Foster Parents provide a home for a foster child or youth for ages 0 to 21.

Traditional Foster Parents provide a loving home for foster children with typical needs. Placements can last as little as a couple of days or a few years. Each home has a family support specialist to coach the foster parents and work with the children in the home.

Therapeutic Foster Parents build a stable environment for troubled children or youth with support and guidance from Y staff. Placements typically last 6 to 12 months. Our skilled child and family therapists and family support specialists provide intensive case management and therapy for the youth. Most of the children and youth in this program require significant supervision and attend weekly office appointments, so we require that at least one parent has a very flexible work schedule.

Respite Foster Parents offer short-term placements for youth in our programs. Respite is provided to help stabilize a child going through a challenging time or to give full-time foster some time off. Respite can last a few hours, overnight or for several days. Respite providers may be asked to assist on an emergency basis. Respite providers often have the opportunity to provide respite care for the same child or youth on a regular basis if the match works well. We have an urgent need for respite foster parents.

Crisis Stabilization Foster Parents provide immediate out-of-home placement to address a crisis in a family's life. Placements typically last up to two weeks and are an alternative to hospitalization or other institutional settings. (This program is for experienced therapeutic foster parents only.)


YMCA Family Services and Mental Health homes are located in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties. Children and youth come to the program from all over Washington State, but are typically from these counties.


  • Be age 21+
  • Be able to pass several screening and training requirements
  • Have a genuine desire to make a positive difference in the lives of children in foster care
  • Provide a calm, safe, structured, caring environment
  • Have a valid driver's license and basic computer skills
  • Enjoy working in a team

YMCA Foster Parents May Be:

  • Single, married or partnered
  • Young families or empty nesters
  • Homeowners or renters
  • Of any gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or education level
  • Professionals, stay-at-home parents or retired
  • Of any level of experience - 0 to 30 years


  • In-house business and support meetings and monthly trainings for YMCA foster parents
  • Family support specialists for all foster families
  • Child and family therapists for eligible children
  • Clinical supervisor serves as an advocate and coach for parents
  • 24-hour crisis consultation and outreach support
  • YMCA family membership
  • Generous reimbursements, annual clothing vouchers for each child, etc.
  • Compensation: Up to $1,800 per month per child or up to $75 per day per child
  • Access to monthly and annual respite

Contact Information

Please contact Susanna Balogh, Foster Home Licensor, at

Have additional questions about Therapeutic Foster Care? Please check out our FAQ.

Interested in other opportunities to house young people? Check out our Host Homes program!