Enhanced Foster Care

This work is meaningful.

Enhanced Caregivers give the priceless gift of stability and support to youth who have faced unthinkable hardships. Driven by compassion and the desire to make a significant difference in the life of a young person, Seneca's Enhanced Caregivers undergo intensive, high-quality training that they put into action through developing a close and meaningful relationship with the youth in their care.

Seneca provides our Enhanced Caregivers with furnished housing and generous monthly stipends so caregivers don't have to hold another job and can focus all their attention on providing unconditional care to the high-needs youth who so greatly need their support.

To learn more or begin the application process, complete an inquiry form found below and someone from Seneca will follow up with you. You can also email fostercare@senecacenter.org or call us during business hours at (877) 380-5300.

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FAQs

Enhanced Caregivers make 6-12 month commitments to providing safe, loving homes for high-needs youth in houses provided by Seneca Family of Agencies. These placements range from 30 days to 6 months and focus on providing therapeutic services in a family home setting.

Seneca welcomes individuals who are:

  • At least 25 years old.
  • Of any marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity
  • Willing to move into a furnished home provided by Seneca
  • Able to pass a health and criminal background screening

Seneca's Enhanced Caregivers receive free furnished housing provided by Seneca, as well as a generous monthly stipend. The purpose of this stipend is to allow caregivers to not have to work elsewhere so they can put as much time and energy into caring for the youth as possible.

The approval process typically takes 2-3 months but can be flexible depending on the situation of the applicant(s), the needs of the program, and availability of an Enhanced home.

The typical age range is from 11-17. Youth can identify in many different ways as related to ethnicity, gender, religion, sexuality, socioeconomic background, or culture. Seneca is committed to providing a safe, accepting, and supportive environment for all individuals. It is the expectation that all Resource Families with Seneca are open to and affirming of all youth identities.

Friends and family are encouraged with consideration around the specific needs and experiences for the youth in care. Caregivers are welcome to maintain their relationships with people important to them. Any regular visitors will need to be fully background checked and we would encourage them to attend some of our trainings.

Pets are considered for approval on a case-by-case basis. Each pet will need to have up to date vaccination records and will need to be evaluated by a professional pet trainer to assess for any behavioral concerns. Each Enhanced program may have a specific pet policy depending on facility considerations.

Enhanced Caregivers do not need to be married or in any sort of partnership. Seneca welcomes individuals who are single and/or divorced, in addition to married couples and domestic partners.

Due to the level of need expressed by program youth we ask that our Enhanced Caregivers do not have other children residing in the home.