Foster Care

Stepping into foster care is a significant decision, and can cause swirling questions. We’re here to walk with you through this journey.

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Respite providers allow breaks for foster families in the community. It is similar to babysitting. You must be background checked and approved by DHS. Respite care can last no longer than 14 days. Reimbursement is agreed upon between foster parent and respite provider.

We encourage foster parents to build their team of people who can do respite for them and to request the needed paperwork from their certifier. If you are interested in providing respite care, approach a foster family you know. If you don't know any foster families, Every Child PDX can help connect you with foster families.

Both Shelter & Emergency Care are designed for temporary care when a long-term family is unavailable. Shelter or Emergency families care for children 21 days or less. If the child is in your home longer than this timeframe, it becomes Long-term care.

There is usually little advanced notice for Shelter or Emergency care. Placements are typically a few days, but may last longer. As an Emergency care provider, you will be the first called when the Child Welfare office is closed, after 5 PM and weekends.

Requirements include the full 24 hours of Foundations training and the home-study/background check process. There is a reimbursement that comes with being a short-term/shelter care foster home.

Currently, Emergency and Shelter care are a huge need in the Portland Metro area. Even if you work traditional hours, we encourage you to consider if this is a good fit for you.

The goal of foster care is to provide a safe, temporary home for a child until the child can be reunified with a family member or another plan is made for the child which may include adoption or guardianship.

Working together with your DHS certifier, you will be able to mutually discern which children would thrive in your home. The average age of a child in foster care is eight. The need is constant for teens and sibling groups though the reality is there is a fairly steady need for all age groups. Children living in foster care may be infants, toddlers, preschoolers, grade school age, or teenagers. They also come from many types of backgrounds, cultures, and families.

It is always difficult to know how long a child may be in foster care - most often the length of time is directly related to their parent's ability to engage in services designed to help them keep their children safe.

On average a child will spend 599 days in foster care.


Have questions?

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