FosteringWA is a program of Eastern Washington University and under the auspices of the Idaho Child Welfare Research and Training Center (ICWRTC) seeks to adapt a successful foster parent peer mentoring program to meet the needs of Eastern Washington’s families, as it has been doing in Idaho since 2007.
FosteringWA engages with children, families, and communities to obtain positive outcomes by:
- Providing support services
- Recruiting and developing resource families/caregivers
- Offering comprehensive training and education
- Supporting permanency planning for children
through innovative programs and relationship building with state welfare agencies and community partners.
To foster* healthy families and healthy communities!
To fulfill our vision we will:
- Encourage partnerships, collaboration, and integration of services to provide a “best-practice” service delivery system for all children and families and the people who support them.
- Provide context related training.
- Provide a context where social work students are prepared to accept leadership positions, implement strengths-focused interventions, and collaborate with agencies and community partners in public welfare practice.
- To bring up; nurture – v.
- To cultivate and encourage – adj.
- Giving or receiving parental care through non related by blood or legal ties
- FOSTER dignity
- RESPECT diversity
- HONOR experience
- SERVE with integrity
- SUPPORT with compassion
WHAT IS FOSTER CARE?
Foster care provides a home to children and youth who are temporarily separated from their families due to abuse, neglect, abandonment, or the death of their caregivers. A safe return to the child(rens) biological home is the primary goal. Foster care is an opportunity to care for children who will benefit greatly from your love and support and gives you the chance to help one child at a time.
TYPES OF CHILDREN NEEDING FOSTER CARE:
- Range in age from 0-18.
- May be part of a sibling group (2 or more).
- Come from diverse ethnic and cultural populations.
- May have medical, mental and/or physical health issues.
- May have developmental delays.
- May have suffered trauma due to neglect or abuse.
All foster children are affected by the separation from their family. Sometimes this stress and worry shows up in their behavior. Some
children have not experienced the usual routines of family life and need extra understanding and patience.
WHO CAN BE FOSTER PARENTS?
Foster families take children into their homes and hearts and create a safe and secure place to grow until reunification. To be considered for a foster care license, an applicant must:
- Be at least 21 years of age.
- Have sufficient income to support themselves without relying on foster care payments.
- Successfully complete a background check.
- Complete training:
• First aid/CPR
• Blood-borne pathogens
• Licensing orientation
• Pre-service training
Phone: 509.359.6130 or 1.877.620.5748 or 1.888.KIDS414