Some children require more from their foster families. Many factors contribute to a foster child’s need for intense supervision, including behavior issues and emotional trauma. Often, a dedicated family who provides emotional support, clear expectations and boundaries, and consistent discipline is exactly what is needed to help these foster children start the healing process and begin to trust adults as caregivers.

A loving family may be the last chance these children have to reverse the effects of a history of neglect and abuse. If you and your family are able to provide consistent care to a child that needs extra supervision, you will be well supported.

Resources for Caregivers of Youth with Intense Supervision Needs

Institute for Family Development provides a range of innovative and cost-effective in-home services to children and families, including HOMEBUILDERS® Intensive Family Preservation and Intensive Family Reunification Services (IFPS), Parent Child Interaction Training (PCIT), and Functional Family Therapy (FFT). The Institute’s Intensive Family Preservation Services and Intensive Family Reunification Services, Parent Child Interaction Training, and Functional Family Therapy, are all demonstrated to effectively address the growing problems of family dissolution, child abuse and neglect, juvenile delinquency and family conflict.
Janus Youth Programs originated in 1972 as a Multnomah County demonstration project providing residential care for adolescents struggling with homelessness and drug abuse and now provides a second chance for at-risk youth with few resources, and no place to turn for help. Today, they have grown to become one of the largest nonprofits in the Northwest operating more than 40 different programs that span Oregon and Washington.
Tamarack Center
The families who turn to Tamarack Center Home for help have often exhausted other options for addressing their unique needs and special pain. Tamarack Center has been providing a quiet refuge of treatment and hope for these children and their families since 1984. They work with adolescents whose problems include suicide attempts, mood or thought disturbances, ADHD, learning disabilities, history of abuse or history of aggressive behavior. The focus of our program is to help these young people break a desperate cycle of emotional illness, low self-esteem and self-destructive behavior.


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For nearly 40 years, YouthCare has been a leader in providing effective services to Seattle’s homeless youth. YouthCare builds confidence and self-sufficiency for homeless youth by providing a continuum of care that includes outreach, basic services, emergency shelter, housing, counseling, education, and employment training.
YMCA The YMCA team of traditional, respite and therapeutic foster parents and staff provide a bridge to nurturing, permanent homes by offering not only a safe and loving foster home, but also individualized support and intervention based on the unique needs of each child (ages 0-21) and family. The YMCA also has a BRS program, and an outpatient mental health counseling program and CCORS (crisis intervention) available for all families. YMCA foster homes are located in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties. The Y has been serving children and families since 1987.