OYA’s foster care program is different from others you may have heard about.
We only provide homes for teenagers and young adults in OYA custody, and we don’t do adoptions.
- Teenagers who are working their way toward returning home, and
- Youth ages 18 to 24 who need help learning independent-living skills.
OYA foster parents provide basic housing, food, clothing, transportation, recreational opportunities, spending money, and reasonable incidentals for youth.
The youth have a state medical card to pay for their medical, mental health, and other necessary treatment costs.
OYA foster parents:
- Provide a stable, safe, clean living environment.
- Model positive behaviors and choices.
- Hold youth accountable for their behaviors.
- Support youth in learning new skills and behaviors.
- Provide structured supervision.
- Supervise and know where the youth is at all times.
- Help the youth learn to budget and save money.
- Work with the youth's juvenile parole/probation officer (JPPO) to establish a case plan that meets the needs of the youth.