Community Youth Services provides Therapeutic Foster Care Services (click for brochure) for youth who are 8 – 18 years old and are referred by Washington State’s Division of Children & Family Services. The program utilizes a multi-systemic treatment team approach to provide intensive home-, community- and school-based services designed to ensure placement stability, improve school functioning, decrease behavioral challenges, increase pro-social skills and improve mental health. The program also recruits, trains, and licenses its own foster parents. Services include:
- Behavior management support
- In-home parenting support (teaching non-traditional parenting skills that are effective with youth who have experienced trauma)
- Case aide support to families
- Respite care
- 24/7 crisis support
- Individual and family therapy
- Access to community and school based services (Individual Education Plans, mental health, etc.)
- Medication management
- Transportation services
Click HERE for more information on becoming a CYS Foster Parent. You can also contact the CYS Licensor, Meghan Reichard at 360-918-7859 or email.
Community Youth Services’ Foster Care has thousands of success stories! Click here to read the latest installment of our monthly column, “Introducing; The New American Family, Success Stories from Foster Care,” highlighting a family or youth in our program.
Download the CYS Foster Parent Application here.
Download the DSHS Foster Care Application here.
All CYS parents are licensed through the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services and must meet state requirements for providing foster care. Foster parents must attend a Parent Resources for Information, Development, and Education (PRIDE) pre-service training and complete First Aid/CPR and HIV/AIDS training. Learn more about these requirements here.
Profile of CYS Foster Youth:
Youth come into our therapeutic foster care program from throughout southwest Washington. Our youth are:
- 11-17 years old
- In need of safe and stable homes while working to reconcile with their families
- Youth who have been traumatized by neglect, physical or sexual abuse, and domestic violence, or have a history of poverty, drug or alcohol abuse, or mental health issues.
These youth share a need for security and structure that can be provided by caring, understanding adults.
Profile of Therapeutic Foster Parents:
CYS foster families want to share their home and provide a nurturing family experience for a child or teenager. They are warm and understanding, have a sense of humor, and have flexibility to adapt to changing situations. Foster parents are homeowners and renters, married and single, traditional or same gender families, and families who are culturally diverse.
CYS foster parents are also:
- Consistent and patient with youth
- At least 21 years old
- Able to meet state home safety qualifying requirements
- Able to show a qualifying criminal background