Foster Care: Top 10 Reasons to Choose the YMCA
Last updated: June 19, 2020, at 10:12 a.m. PT
Originally published: April 26, 2018, at 11:24 a.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 is assessed to determine their needs and individual service plan. 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 at regular YMCA trainings and connection to additional training opportunities. Work directly with our clinical team, including a veteran foster parent with over 20 years of experience providing foster care.
4. CASE MANAGEMENT
Youth placed in licensed foster homes 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 connect to a community of foster parents capable of providing respite care.
7. CARE REIMBURSEMENTS
Foster parents receive a mix of non-taxable and taxable monthly payments to assist with covering the costs of providing foster care. Care reimbursement rates depend on the needs of the child or children in your home. YMCA foster parents who provide care for children eligible for Behavioral Rehabilitation Services (BRS) receive higher reimbursement rates.
The YMCA is an international community organization that is more than 150 years old. The YMCA of Greater Seattle foster care program celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017!
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.