Foster Care: Top 10 Reasons to Choose the YMCA
Published: April 26, 2018, at 11:24 a.m. PT
Last updated: June 23, 2018, at 12:39 p.m. PT
TOP 10 REASONS TO GET LICENSED WITH THE YMCA OF GREATER SEATTLE
1. INDIVIDUALIZED SUPPORT
Foster parents and the children they care for receive individualized support and intervention based on the unique needs of each child (0-21). Every child that enters the YMCA foster care program receives a mental health assessment when needed. The YMCA uses a team approach to provide services.
Foster parents are a part of the YMCA community of fostering. They are connected to a peer network of experienced and new foster parents who work together with YMCA staff to support each other and the children in foster care.
Receive support and training at monthly in-house meetings and trainings. Work directly with our training specialist, a veteran foster parent with over 20 years of experience providing foster care.
4. CASE MANAGEMENT
Licensed foster families receive case management services directly from the YMCA in addition to coordination with the child’s state social worker. Children with more needs may receive additional supports.
5. 24/7 CRISIS SUPPORT
The YMCA is responsive to the needs of children in foster care and foster families and provides crisis stabilization and other supports when needed. Foster parents can access crisis support services at any time they are needed.
Foster parents need a break! YMCA foster parents receive regular monthly respite hours and can easily connect to a community of foster parents capable of providing respite care.
7. GENEROUS REIMBURSEMENTS
YMCA Therapeutic foster parents receive generous reimbursement rates as well as connections to other financial supports.
The YMCA is an international community organization that is more than 150 years old. The YMCA of Greater Seattle foster care program is celebrating its 30th anniversary!
The YMCA does not charge any fees for licensing. All YMCA foster families get enhanced access to YMCA youth programming in the community such as child care, camps, and enrichment activities in King, Snohomish or Pierce County.
10. FREE FAMILY MEMBERSHIP
All YMCA licensed Foster parents receive a free family membership to access any King, Snohomish or Pierce YMCA branch.