91% of youth served ranked themselves as highly satisfied with the support they received from Stanford Youth Solutions.
Right now, there are 3,200 abused and neglected youth in Sacramento without a place to live, and not enough competent and compassionate foster parents to care for them. Become a foster parent with Stanford Youth Solutions to be part of the solution.
What are the basic requirements to become a foster parent?
You can become a foster parent if you are:
Deeply committed to giving a youth a home, time and attention
Patient, flexible and willing to learn
Over age 25 and healthy (no upper age limit)
Single, married or in domestic partnership
Receiving a steady income
Living in an apartment, condo or house with room for a youth
A licensed driver, with a car and insurance
Why should I choose Stanford Youth Solutions?
Experienced foster parents really appreciate Stanford Youth Solutions. Stanford Youth Solutions provides foster parents with 24/7 support, accessible staff, competitive rates, support groups and mental health services for the foster youth. As a local Sacramento nonprofit, Stanford Youth Solutions is responsive to the needs of our foster parents and is the leader in providing care to youth and families, in their homes and within their own communities.
How long does it take to become a foster parent?
Most families are certified within three months. Foster family certification can be completed more quickly depending on individual family circumstances. Stanford Youth Solutions openly negotiates rollovers from other agencies.
Who does Stanford Youth Solutions serve?
Stanford Youth Solutions serves ages 1-24 but our median age group is between 12 -17. Our clients’ average 37% female, 63% male.
How many children are there in foster care in the Sacramento Region?
There are currently 3,890 children in foster care in the Sacramento Region. There are an additional 319 children in group homes and 1,531 probation youth.
What is the typical length of services?
Length of time using our services ranges by program. Depending on the youth’s needs, they may be utilizing one or more services. Time investment can range from 9 months to 18 months.
What is Stanford Youth Solutions’s specialty area or area of expertise?
Stanford Youth Solutions specializes in providing foster care for our community’s most vulnerable youth – those who have experienced acute trauma, separation from loved ones and other losses. This specialty is called Intensive Treatment Foster Care. Through comprehensive support and one-on-one attention, these foster youth are given the opportunity to succeed in a family home. With the guidance of experienced foster parents, they learn how to become productive members of a family, and they will use these skills for the rest of their lives.
What is Intensive Treatment Foster Care?
Sometimes the youth most in need of a caring home have the hardest time finding one. Of the 3,200 youth in foster care in Sacramento County, 1,000 of these youth have complex needs, requiring more support than standard foster care. Stanford Home Intensive Treatment Foster Care pairs experienced foster parents with these youth who otherwise would not have an opportunity to live with a safe, loving family. Foster parents receive additional training, staff support and financial support to help care for these youth.
What type of training do you offer?
We invest heavily in training so you are prepared to handle whatever comes your way. We have a very robust training program that will create success for you and your foster child. Our families must be educated on the foster youth population and the needs that come with working with youth that have experienced trauma. The more a family understands about the youth in their care, the more the family can find ways to help the youth succeed. The better prepared you are, the stronger the relationship with your child will be.Once our families have completed their training (pre-service training and Therapeutic Crisis Intervention training), they will have invested more than 40 hours. To keep certification current, you must complete 12 to 15 hours of training annually, depending on the type of certification the family holds.
How can I get more information about becoming a foster parent?