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You or someone you know can make a difference in a child’s life. Become a Friends of Youth foster parent.

Friends of Youth has therapeutic foster homes for children who have faced significant family trauma and need a safe home and counseling. The children may have behavioral or mental health issues that require a great deal of support.

More than just a place to live, our current foster homes throughout King and Snohomish Counties provide a therapeutic living environment for youth ages 6 through 17. Our licensed foster parents provide their foster children with a stable family environment. Foster parents receive free training, a generous reimbursement, periodic weekend respite and the support of a therapeutic team working with each child in their home.

Friends of Youth is looking for foster family homes with special parents willing to share their hearts and homes with children in need. As a foster parent, you can make a profound difference in a child’s life by offering love, guidance and understanding.

We are also looking for families that can give our foster parents a break for a few hours or for a few days.

However you can help, become a part of our therapeutic team by contacting:

Foster Home Recruiter ~ Paul Tan (206) 859-6290 ext 221

Friends of Youth Licensor ~ Skye Camphouse (425) 228-5776, ext. 129

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Jacob Hobbs, 17, and Joss Horslen, 16, plant flowers

Someone asked me the other day, what I liked about my job. The answer was easy…working with volunteers. This past year has become even more fun with Friends of Youth expanding its teen volunteer program. In response to calls from parents seeking volunteer opportunities for their teenage son or daughter to fulfill junior high or high school service hours, Friends of Youth started a program called 3 in a Row. Teenagers get together once a month and do three hours of community service in one afternoon. Each month is a different focus, but all incorporate learning about a specific Friends of Youth program and how youth come to be in that particular program.

Additionally, Friends of Youth partners with various youth groups for projects. Wilder Elementary School’s Care and Share Club, Overlake High Schools Community Service Day, Timbercrest Junior High for an annual stocking drive and now the Redmond Youth Partnership Advisory Committee (RYPAC). In honor of National Foster Care Month, the RYPAC crew came armed with gardening tools, donated plants and tons of enthusiasm.

(From left to right) Tylor Town, 14, teen programs director Ken Wong, and Kanon Shibata, 13, planting flowers

Their task was a yard makeover at the Redmond Foster Home. The crew split up and tackled weed pulling, plant transplanting, plant bed preparation, pruning and raking. The weed pulling crews reminded me of Pac Man…gobbling up every weed in site. It was amazing to me that the teens could differentiate between a weed and juvenile plant, but they could, and not a weed remained in any of the flower beds.

RYPAC chair Jesse Ewing-Frable, 17, glues buttons to a pot Saturday for the Redmond Foster Home

The donated plants RYPAC secured added a variety of color and texture to the established beds and the end result was pure artistry! As an added activity, terra cotta pots were embellished with paint, buttons, clay and twine, sprayed with varnish, and then given a plant to create a container garden. It was a fun opportunity for each teen to express themselves and oh did they. The pots were colorful and unique and created a beautiful garden centerpiece. It was an exciting afternoon and great opportunity for teens to support teens and I hope that Friends of Youth can continue to grow this relationship with RYPAC. They are definitely a volunteer force who completes what they set out to do and…has fun while they are doing it!

(From left to right) Mitch Fanning, 17, Joss Horslen, 16, and Jacob Hobbs, 17, display the plants they potted Saturday

Written by: Cheryl Schnelle (Volunteer Coordinator, Friends of Youth)

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