FOSTER CARE OR ADOPTION - GET INVOLVED!
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Foster parent/caregiver options
- Foster Parents
Individuals and families who open their homes to a child, teen or a group of siblings. All Seneca Foster Parents receive our comprehensive training and support throughout their foster care service. Foster parents receive a stipend to supplement the cost of caring for foster youth.
- Enhanced Foster Caregivers
Individuals and families who care for a child or a sibling set (over the age of ten) for a period of up to six months. These caregivers undergo our most comprehensive training and are provided round the clock staff support because the young people in their care have experienced significant challenges and need some additional support. These caregivers receive a significant stipend to supplement their care and housing needs.
- Respite Caregivers
Individuals and families who want to support foster youth but cannot make the long-term commitment. Respite Caregivers step in for foster parents to look after a young person while the foster parent tends to other matters, such as a business trip, caring for a sick family member or just a night out. Respite Caregivers receive the same high-quality training as foster parents but, in some circumstances, don’t have to meet the standard housing requirements as respite care may occur in the child’s home.
- Petaluma COMPrehensive Assessment and Stabilization Services (COMPASS)
This unique program is designed around a neighborhood of specialized resource parents living in single family homes on a beautiful shared cul-de-sac property in rural Petaluma, creating a community of support for youth and families. Individuals or couples care for children who have struggled to live in traditional family settings after past trauma experiences. Seneca provides housing, pays utilities and offers a significant stipend to supplement the needs of each family and youth. Families have access to 24/7 on-site support and daily guidance from Seneca clinicians and behavior specialists. Youth stay for up to 6 months and each family cares for one youth at a time.