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Therapeutic Foster Care

 

GOBHI Foster Care Mission

Provide advocacy, intervention, and support to interrupt generational trauma, build healthy communities, and develop stable, connected, children and families.

Overview

Our foster program provides homes for youth in local communities involved in the Child Welfare system or that are being supported by their local community mental health program. We train and support our foster parents, empowering them to provide a safe environment that supports the healing process for youth served in our foster homes. 

Steps to Becoming a Foster Parent with GOBHI

1. CONNECT WITH US
Give our team a call or email today to get started.
(Contact information below)


2. START THE CERTIFICATION PROCESS
After talking with us, we'll send you an application packet for you to complete.


3. GET TRAINED
We provide 37 hours of initial training, and at least 16 hours per year you are certified. 


4. COMPLETE YOUR HOME STUDY
We will connect you with a Regional Child Placing Coordinator who will walk you through the process. 


5. START SERVING, AND STAY SUPPORTED!
We will work with you to find a youth that will fit your home. After placement, our team will continue to provide support every week with the youth in your home and to you with our 24/7 support. 

Two Ways to Help

Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC)


Our TFC program provides full time care to youth in your home. Any youth placed in your home are involved with Oregon DHS Child Welfare, and not currently able to be reunited with their parents.

 
Length of time a youth is likely to be in your home: 6-24 months

Planned and Crisis Respite

Our respite program provides more flexibility to individual foster parents and foster families that are not able to commit to providing full time care. Respite providers indicate when they are available to accept youth into their home for short periods of time, and are a valuable resource to their community and our full time foster parents. These youth are either involved in our TFC program, or are involved with the local community mental health program in your county. 


Length of time a youth is likely to be in your home: 1-14 days

Minimum Qualifications:

21 years or older and be willing to:

  • Allow a home and fire safety inspection
  • Complete a criminal and child welfare background check
  • Keep an emotionally, physically, and financially stable household
  • Provide a separate bedroom for foster youth
  • Have fewer than 5 children living in your home

Our Training Program

To support the success of our foster parents and the youth placed in their home, we provide a minimum of 37 hours of training prior to a youth entering your home. Our training program includes individual, group, and online opportunities. Each year, we support foster parents in attending at least 16 additional hours of training. Our trainings include:

  • Collaborative Problem Solving


    • Introduction
    • 8 week parent training course
    • 3 day Tier 1 training
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention
  • Overview of program policy and procedures
  • Therapeutic intervention trainings specific to the youth in your home
  • 3 day Annual GOBHI Spring Conference 

Getting to Know Each Other

The home study process takes a little time, but it is important that you and your family make an informed decision about being a foster parent. Additionally, we use the information gathered through written responses and in-person conversations to find out what youth will be best to match with your home and how best we work as a team to support to both the youth placed in your home and you!

How We Support Our Families

  • Reimbursement of up to $2400 monthly for each youth
  • 2 paid days off per month supported by GOBHI
  • 24/7 on call crisis support
  • Assigned Regional Child Placing Coordinator for support
  • Initial and on-going training provided

Contact Us

For questions about the foster care program contact Adam Rodakowski: Adam.Rodakowski@gobhi.net

For questions about becoming a foster parent contact Randy Hathaway: Randy.Hathaway@gobhi.net Phone: (503) 850-9211




Individual contact information:

Jessica Compton
TFC Training Specialist
jessica.compton@gobhi.net

Randy Hathaway 
TFC Recruiter
randy.hathaway@gobhi.net

Lindsay Gordon
Program Manager
lindsay.gordon@gobhi.net

Kate O'Kelley
Program Manager
kate.okelley@gobhi.net

Adam Rodakowski
Director of Foster Care
adam.rodakowski@gobhi.net

Tonya Shepherd
ICC Coordinator
tonya.shepherd@gobhi.net


Regional Child Placing Coordinators:

Kaysey Crump-Serrano
Marion, Polk, & Yamhill Counties
kaysey.crump-serrano@gobhi.net

Becca Harrison
Tillamook & Columbia Counties
becca.harrison@gobhi.net

Katelyn Hershberger
Columbia County
katelyn.hershberger@gobhi.net

Anna Ketchum 
Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, Morrow, & Umatilla Counties
anna.ketchum@gobhi.net

Andrea Lockner
Malheur & Umatilla Counties
andrea.lockner@gobhi.net

Aylee Rhea
Clatsop & Tillamook Counties
aylee.rhea@gobhi.net

Amy-Rose Wootton
Douglas County
amy-rose.wootton@gobhi.net