Utah Foster Youth
Local, or ‘state,’ youth come into our program through the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS). These children have been removed from their homes as a result of a juvenile court order finding abuse, neglect or dependency. They are placed into the foster care system with the goal of creating a stable environment that allows them to overcome circumstances and achieve their dreams. Your home provides a safe place for these youth to learn accountability, coping skills and healthy habits.
In order to foster a local youth, you must meet certain qualifications as well as pass a home study, background check, medical clearance and participate in pre-service and on-going training. Youth typically stay 6 to 8 months but can be with you for as long as 2 years. You may only have up to six children in your home, including your biological children.
When you welcome a state youth into your home, you also receive a supportive team. Each youth is assigned a case manager and tracker and you will also have a family consultant responsible for your home. Our goal is to equip you to best help these children.