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Is fostering right for you?

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Can I provide a safe, caring and flexible environment for youth in need of a home?

Am I open to receiving FREE training and support to care for children or teens by highly qualified staff?

Do I have the love, flexibility and patience to support a foster youth with a goal of returning to their family when safely possible?

Am I prepared to work with a variety of youth who have been impacted by trauma?

Am I willing to continually learn and embrace new parenting techniques to best meet a child’s needs?

If you long to be the difference in a child’s life, there are many ways to help them achieve their full potential. From providing short term respite, to therapeutic foster care, fostering to adopt, fostering a teen mother and her child or supporting them as they safely reunite or transition to adulthood, you can be the bridge that secures a child’s future.

become a builder of hope

If you long to be the difference in a child’s life, there are many ways to help them achieve their full potential. From providing short term respite, to therapeutic foster care, fostering to adopt, fostering a teen mother and her child or supporting them as they safely reunite or transition to adulthood, you can be the bridge that secures a child’s future. Become an #BuilderofHope.

ALL ARE WELCOME
SAFY does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, gender identity, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status in licensing foster parents.

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Why SAFY

We are your village. SAFY does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, gender identity, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status in licensing foster parents.

SAFY’s Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) services provide a stable home environment for children with families who care for and believe every youth can achieve their full potential. SAFY equips foster families with tools, such as parental skill building and behavioral coping skills ensuring a youth’s physical and emotional well-being. SAFY is here to support you and your family on your journey as foster parents:

• In-home support for youth and family
• 24/7 on-call support
• Youth enrichment support
• Financial reimbursement*
• Grief & Attachment Support

• Mentor network of foster parents
• Foster family events and activities
• Respite
• Foster parent recognition & Awards
• Ongoing training, support and development

* Licensed foster parents receive a bi-weekly reimbursement to cover the cost of caring for a youth. Medical and Dental expenses are also covered.

Individuals interested in becoming a therapeutic foster care parent must meet state requirements for foster parent licensure, including but not limited to the following:

• At least 21 years of age (In most states)
• Have a separate living space in your home for a youth
• Have a stable income
• Have a high school diploma or GED (In most states)
• Own or rent your place of residence
• Single, married or unmarried partners

 

The first step on your journey to becoming a foster parent is to meet with our qualified and dedicated staff. SAFY offers in-person, web and phone information sessions and training. We will walk you through the process and answer your questions on your journey to becoming a foster or foster to adopt parent.

Introductory session
• Learn about children and teenagers who need guidance and care
• Review basic foster parent roles, responsibilities and expectations
• Tailored to your schedule and needs – one-on-one and in-home sessions are available

Trainings:
• Prepare yourself for fostering a child or teenager
• Network with other parents who will be able to help you throughout your foster care journey
• Trainings are held in a group setting and hours vary by state

  

Emergency Foster Care

On any given day, at any time day or night, children can enter state custody. Emergency caregivers provide short-term care for children who have been placed in protective state custody. This process can sometimes take up to 72 hours until the agency has found placement for the child. Children requiring emergency placement are often scared and confused. Therefore, emergency foster care parents need to be extra patient and understanding.

Foster To Adopt

More than half of the children who go into foster care return to their birth families. When children cannot return home to their biological family, adoption services bridge their journey from foster care to finding their forever home. Many children who become available for adoption after being in foster care are adopted by a relative or by their foster parents.

Fostering a Special Medical/Medically Fragile Child

Although some children with special needs may suffer from physical and/or mental disabilities, not all special needs children do. Fostering a child with special needs can encompass a variety of conditions as children may quality if they:

• Are an older youth
• Are from a specific ethnic background
• Are part of a sibling group
• Have a medical condition

Fostering children with special needs takes special families as these children may have serious medical needs, developmental delays, intellectual disabilities or emotional disorders.

Respite Care

When one foster family temporarily cares for another family’s foster children, this is referred to as respite foster care. It gives the children’s original foster family a bit of a break. Respite foster care is sometimes called “short-term” foster care. This type of foster care is especially helpful when foster children display the kinds of behaviors that are seen in many therapeutic foster homes. They have special medical, emotional or behavioral needs.

Therapeutic Foster Care

SAFY provides care for children experiencing complex behavioral, mental health and developmental concerns as a result of past trauma or abusive and/or neglectful situations. Therapeutic foster care is a specialized treatment approach that provides structured care and on-going supervision as week as long-term support to help them function in the community.

“I immediately liked the vibe I got from SAFY. They are an incredible advocate for  always provided all thechildren and youth and have support I needed.”

-John B.

“Foster care isn’t simple or easy, but it is beautiful. I’m excited to see how our family changes and grows. Our story is beautiful, and it isn’t finished yet.”

-Mary S.

“It is a great experience working with SAFY and to invest in the life of a child.”

-Jane B.

  

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different types of caregivers and foster families

On any given day, at any time day or night, children can enter state custody. Emergency caregivers provide short-term care for children who have been placed in protective state custody. This process can sometimes take up to 72 hours until the agency has found placement for the child. Children requiring emergency placement are often scared and confused. Therefore, emergency foster care parents need to be extra patient and understanding.

More than half of the children who go into foster care return to their birth families. When children cannot return home to their biological family, adoption services bridge their journey from foster care to finding their forever home. Many children who become available for adoption after being in foster care are adopted by a relative or by their foster parents.

Although some children with special needs may suffer from physical and/or mental disabilities, not all special needs children do. Fostering a child with special needs can encompass a variety of conditions as children may quality if they:

• Are an older youth
• Are from a specific ethnic background
• Are part of a sibling group
• Have a medical condition

Fostering children with special needs takes special families as these children may have serious medical needs, developmental delays, intellectual disabilities or emotional disorders.

When one foster family temporarily cares for another family’s foster children, this is referred to as respite foster care. It gives the children’s original foster family a bit of a break. Respite foster care is sometimes called “short-term” foster care. This type of foster care is especially helpful when foster children display the kinds of behaviors that are seen in many therapeutic foster homes. They have special medical, emotional or behavioral needs.

Therapeutic Foster care provides care for children experiencing complex behavioral, mental health and developmental concerns as a result of past trauma or abusive and/or neglectful situations. Therapeutic foster care is  a specialized treatment approach that provides structured care and on-going supervision as week as long-term support to help them function in the community.

the benefits of becoming a SAFY
therapeutic foster parent

SAFY’s Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) services provide a stable home environment for children with families who care for and believe every youth can achieve their full potential. SAFY equips foster families with tools, such as parental skill building and behavioral coping skills ensuring a youth’s physical and emotional well-being. SAFY is here to support you and your family on your journey as foster parents:

• In-home support for youth and family
• 24/7 on-call support
• Youth enrichment support
• Financial reimbursement*
• Grief & Attachment Support

• Mentor network of foster parents
• Foster family events and activities
• Respite
• Foster parent recognition & Awards
• Ongoing training, support and development

* Licensed foster parents receive a bi-weekly reimbursement to cover the cost of caring for a youth. Medical and Dental expenses are also covered.

basic requirements of fostering

Individuals interested in becoming a therapeutic foster care parent must meet state requirements for foster parent licensure, including but not limited to the following:
• At least 21 years of age (In most states)
• Have a separate living space in your home for a youth
• Have a stable income
• Have a high school diploma or GED (In most states)
• Own or rent your place of residence
• Single, married or unmarried partners

information sessions & training

The first step on your journey to becoming a foster parent is to meet with our qualified and dedicated staff. SAFY offers in-person, web and phone information sessions and training. We will walk you through the process and answer your questions on your journey to becoming a foster or foster to adopt parent.

Introductory session
• Learn about children and teenagers who need guidance and care
• Review basic foster parent roles, responsibilities and expectations
• Tailored to your schedule and needs – one-on-one and in-home sessions are available

Trainings:
• Prepare yourself for fostering a child or teenager
• Network with other parents who will be able to help you throughout your foster care journey
• Trainings are held in a group setting and hours vary by state

foster parent testimonials

“Foster care isn’t simple or easy, but it is beautiful. I’m excited to see how our family changes and grows. Our story is beautiful, and it isn’t finished yet.”
Mary S.
Foster Parent
“I immediately liked the vibe I got from SAFY. They are an incredible advocate for children and youth and have always provided all the support I needed.”
John B.
Foster Parent
“It is a great experience to work with SAFY and to invest in the life a child.”
Jane B.
Foster Parent

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