Foster Care Program

Foster Parents Wanted

Sound Mental Health is looking for families throughout King County that can commit to caring for foster children who are in need of safe, structured, and nurturing homes. Training, respite care, and compensation provided. Basic requirements:  Must be 21 years of age, valid WSDL, Background Check & Fingerprints, CPR/First Aid & HIV/Blood borne Pathogens Training, and a TB test.  For more information, please contact Shannon at (206) 302-2968 or shannonm@smh.org.

Starting the Process:  Initial phone interview, licensing and program information mailed to the home, review of information with licensor, and complete application, licensing paperwork, and basic requirements.

Foster Parent Characteristics:  Desire and commitment to make a difference, flexibility and patience in parenting, sense of humor, good communication and listening skills, provide a safe and nurturing environment, and ability to problem solve.

Foster Parent Benefits:  Financial reimbursement, training opportunities, accessible staff, personal empowerment, a supportive community, and respite care.

Our Philosophy:  Our primary goal is to help a young person learn to live within a family system. Our approach focuses on developing strengths rather than simply reacting to behaviors. Individualized treatment plans address growth and development.  We strive to provide our foster parents with quality training and meaningful support.  The families in our program create a community of people who come together to share ideas, problem solve, and offer support.  We believe foster parenting is an important job which can be a rewarding experience for both you and the and the young people in your care.

A Specialized Program:  The Sound Mental Health Foster Care Program maintains safe, structured, and nurturing homes. We also provide comprehensive mental health services tailored to meet the specific needs of each youth we serve.  We work as your advocate to enable you to focus your time and energy on the child.

Professional Teamwork:  The team approach brings together all the significant people in the youth’s life to assess needs and design an individual plan.  This increases understanding of relevant issues, enhances communication, and provides ongoing support.  Foster parents are respected, valued, and integral members of the team; their insights and observations are essential to the process.

Foster Youth: We place children ages six through seventeen. Youth placed through our program are dealing with issues of abuse, abandonment, and neglect. Some may have medical problems, a history of previous foster care placements, or various mental health needs. They need respect, safety and consistency from their foster parents and other adults in their lives.

For More Information

Please contact Shannon at (206) 302-2968 or email .