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Foster Care & Adoption Programs

210 W. Sprague Ave. • Spokane, WA 99201 • 509-747-8224

Therapeutic Foster Care Program

Foster Care photoLCS’ Therapeutic Foster Care Program serves children and youth ages 6-17 that are referred through the Department of Children and Family Services. Children and Youth who are experiencing behavioral challenges receive intensive support services. These services aide in behavioral stabilization and the overall goal of helping the child learn new coping skills.

The program has served the community of Spokane for over 20 years and has gained national recognition for its wrap around approach to care and commitment to children and families.

Families receive:
Youth and behavioral parenting support
Intensive case management
24-hour on-call services
Weekly support meetings
Initial ongoing traning
Aide support
A generous compensation package
Youth receive:
Foster care placement
Individual counseling/behavioral support
Skill development
Participation in school and work
24-hour on-call services
Intensive case management
Psycho-pharmacology services
Aide support
Community Connections and support services

Have you considered foster parenting?

If you are able to do the following, then you have what it takes to change a child’s life:

bullet Recognize and meet a child’s emotional and physical needs
bullet Work as a team member with social workers and program staff
bullet Provide a room and space for a child in your home
bullet Provide adequate income for support of yourself and your family
bullet Maintain adequate personal and mental health

Since our foster children have special needs, they require special people to offer them a safe and loving home. As an LCS foster parent, you will receive intensive support services developed to ensure that you never face a challenge alone. See the inside panels to learn more about the services available to our foster parents. Additionally, we offer a generous compensation package to parents in all of our foster care programs.

Your home…their hope. Become a foster parent! Call or e-mail our recruitment specialist today at 509/343-5042

Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Program

LCS presents the new Unaccompanied Refugee Minor (URM) Program and are currently seeking individuals and families interested in fostering these youth. The URM program will allow for refugee children, under the age of 18, to be placed in foster homes in and around Spokane, Washington.

Foster parents and program staff will work together to provide a safe haven to refugee and immigrant children from around the world. Refugee youth will be supported in their work to heal from past trauma while they pursue goals of learning English, getting an education and preparing for a future of independence. Foster families are asked to make a long-term commitment to the care of the refugee child placed in their home.

Informational meetings for the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Program will occur on the second Tuesday of every month from 5:30-7:30pm at 210 W. Sprague, Spokane WA 99201.

A Refugee Foster Parent's role

  • Provide a safe and supportive home environment
  • Offer emotional support while managing youth's behavior
  • Provide transportation for education, medical appointments and extracurricular activities
  • Be willing to learn about the youth's culture and incorporate it in your home
  • Provide opportunities for youth to establish meaningful, life-long relationships
Families receive:
Youth and behavioral parenting support
Intensive case management
24-hour on-call services
Initial and ongoing training
Aide support
A generous compensation package
Youth receive:
Foster care placement
Individual counseling/behavioral support
Skill development
Participation in school and/or work
24-hour on-call services
Intensive case management
Psycho-pharmacology services
Aide support
Community Connections and support services

Please contact our Foster Parent Recruiter at (509) 343-5018 or by e-mail with questions.

Adoption Services

photoThe Adoption Program serves families in Eastern Washington by providing Homestudy and Post-Placement services for all types of adoptions including:

  • International, Including Hague Convention
  • Domestic
  • Private
  • Step-Parent or Relative

Nora Searing, M.A. is our adoption worker in Eastern Washington. She has been with Lutheran Community Services Northwest since 1990, helping hundreds of families through the journey of adoption. Nora is highly respected within the adoption community for her professional experience with all types of adoption, specialized knowledge of the international adoption process, paperwork and report writing skills, and her helpful, supportive approach.

For more information, call 509-343-5002