GOBHI Foster Care
Being a foster parent is an incredibly rewarding—and challenging—experience. Providing a safe home for a youth in foster care can positively change their life and prepare them for a safe and healthy future.
Our skilled foster parents are part of our team-based approach and enable us to provide a safe home environment in local communities that supports the healing, resilience, and growth process for youth.
We use a trauma-informed approach grounded in Collaborative Problem Solving to provide foster homes for youth in Oregon. Referred youth are involved in the Child Welfare System or are being supported by their local Community Mental Health Program.
Provide advocacy, intervention, and support to interrupt generational trauma, build healthy communities, and develop stable, connected children and families.
Steps to Becoming a Foster Parent with GOBHI
Two Ways to Help
Foster Plus (Therapeutic Foster Care)
Our Foster Plus program provides full-time services and care to youth in foster homes with foster parents certified and trained by GOBHI. Youth are involved with the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS), Child Welfare Division.
Typical length of youth placement: 6 – 24 months.
Planned and Crisis Relief Care
Relief care providers indicate when they are available to accept youth into their homes for short periods of time. Providing relief care allows more flexibility to individual foster parents and foster families that are unable or do not wish to provide full-time care.
Relief care providers are a valuable resource to their communities and our full-time foster parents. Youth are enrolled in our Foster Plus program or are involved with their local Community Mental Health Program.
Typical length of relief care: 2-14 days.
21 years or older and be willing to:
- Pass a home and fire safety inspection
- Complete a criminal and child welfare background check
- Keep an emotionally and financially stable household
- Provide a separate bedroom for foster youth
- Have fewer than 4 children living in your home if you are a single applicant, or fewer than 5 children if you are two-parent applicants
Our Training Program
To support the success of our foster parents and the youth placed in their homes, we provide a minimum of 37 hours of training prior to a youth being placed in a foster home. Our training program includes individual, group, and online opportunities for learning. Each year, we support foster parents in receiving at least 16 additional hours of training.
Trainings offered by GOBHI:
- Collaborative Problem Solving
- 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