Special families,

supported on all sides

Teamwork from day one

With your extra commitment comes extra support. The families that open their homes and their hearts to make a difference in a young person’s life are supported every step of the way with extra training, extra financial support and around-the-clock access to a passionate group of professionals, mentors and peers committed to standing with you.

When you foster with a Foster Plus agency, you’ll be part of a team of care that includes:

A local agency with expertise in supporting families like yours

Specialized training to prepare you to care for kids with higher needs

Frequent and regular visits and communication with a team dedicated to providing custom care and wraparound support

24/7 access to support staff such as case managers and counselors

Breaks when you need them, with 48 hours off per month

Extra financial support starting at $1,400 per month

How to prepare: top tips
Connecting with your local agency

Foster Plus is an effort of 13 foster agencies throughout Oregon that work with young people in need of extra support. If you’re interested in fostering, your first step is to discover which agency or agencies are at work in your area. You’ll then contact us or one or more local agencies to learn about their application process and understand what’s involved. 

Understanding the certification process

To prepare families and ensure we’re placing kids in homes where they can heal and grow, the certification process involves several steps and typically takes between six weeks and four months. During this time, key steps include training, paperwork, meetings with your support team, a background check and a home inspection. Reach out to your local agency or attend a local info session to learn more about the process.

Talking to your partner about becoming a foster parent

Deciding to become a foster parent is a major commitment, and it’s normal for one partner to be enthusiastic and the other to have doubts. If your partner does not feel ready, these tips can help you start a dialogue about why you want to foster—and may lead to a change of heart:

  • Understand why you want to foster and what it may mean for your family. It may be helpful to write down what’s motivating you or to create a list of pros and cons. Discuss your reasoning with your partner.
  • Talk to other families who’ve made this decision. They may have wisdom to share or advice on getting started.
  • Break the process down into small steps. For example, rather than asking your partner to commit to becoming foster parents now, see if they would like to attend an information session to learn more.
  • Listen to your partner, be patient and try to understand their point of view. Remember that it may take time for your partner to come around to the idea.
Talk to your friends and family about supporting you as a foster parent

When you become a foster parent, your life will change. You’ll have less free time and may need to cancel plans at the last minute to provide extra care for the kid you’re fostering. It’s important to talk to your friends and family about this major life change and to find people close to you who can support you in your fostering journey.

You may also want to build connections with other foster parents in your community. Look for support groups online and in your area, and ask your local agency if they can connect you with other families. 

What you can do if you aren’t quite ready to become a foster parent

If you’re not quite ready to foster, there are lots of ways to help kids in need. Consider becoming a respite provider and caring for foster kids for a night or two at a time. You can also donate to or volunteer with your local agency.

Circle of Support

Learn about our team of care and the support at every turn. You’re more ready than you think. 

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