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Make a difference ... Become a foster parent!

Oregon has too few foster homes and too many vulnerable youth who need more support. You can lend a hand to families in crisis before children are removed from their home, as well as taking in youth who have already come into care and are struggling within the system. Safe Families for Children has a range of volunteer options for the former, and you can learn more about helping the latter through GOBHI’s therapeutic foster care program or (if you have experience in care for high-needs children) Lincoln County’s Developmental Disability Services.

Vulnerable youth in Lincoln County deserve the support of local families.

Could yours be one of them?

Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc. Therapeutic Foster Care

Needed: Full and Part Time Foster Families

Our program provides individualized, trauma-informed care designed for foster youth who need extra support before re-entering traditional foster care or returning home, and our foster parents are a vital part of our team-based, trauma-informed service for youth ages 3 through 21.

Referred youth are involved in the Child Welfare System or are supported by their local Community Mental Health Program. The length of GOBHI youth placement is typically 6 to 24 months for full-time care, while Relief Care (part time) is typically 2 to 14 days.

We do everything we can to keep youth in their home communities, in the same schools, and near their existing support systems. For the foster youth of Lincoln County, that means homes like yours!

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age

  • Must reside within the state of Oregon

  • Complete a criminal and child welfare background check

  • Keep an emotionally and financially stable household

  • Provide a separate bedroom for foster youth

Providers Receive:

  • Specialized training 

  • 24-7 support for emergencies and urgent needs

  • Assigned staff member to provide support for both family and youth

  • Individual plans for youth

  • Substantial reimbursement for care

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How to Contact GOBHI

Email: Adam Rodakowski

Phone: 1-541-256-4587


Safe Families for Children

Lincoln County

Ways to Get Involved
  • Host children in your home temporarily or provide respite care to support a mom or dad needing a break

  • Be a Family Friend, providing encouragement and support to host families and families in need

  • Provide support, connection, encouragement, and assistance as a Mommy/Daddy Mentor

  • Become a Resource Friend and provide goods and services to families in need

Learn More >

How to Contact Safe Families for Children

Email: Marisa Hayner

Phone: 1-541-261-7410


Lincoln County Developmental Disability Services

Needed: Foster Providers

Developmental disabilities involve substantial functional limitations in two or more of these major life activities: self-care, expressive and receptive language, decision making, learning, and mobility. These youth require comprehensive care and a nurturing environment.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Must be at least 21 years of age and reside within Lincoln County

  • Complete a criminal background check

  • Financial capability to operate two months without pay

  • Equivalent of one year of full-time experience in providing direct care and services to support individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities

Providers receive:
  • Specialized training

  • Support with system navigation

  • Case management of the child in care

  • Reimbursement for care

Learn More >

Intake & Eligibility >

Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities >

How to Contact I/DD

Email: Sandy Hyduchak

Phone: 1-541-265-0485


Refer Potential Foster Parents to GOBHI for up to $1,000

Did you know that you can receive a reward for referring foster families to GOBHI? To qualify, the potential foster parent must put you down as the referral source on their application and cannot be certified by DHS Child Welfare or other foster care agency at the time of application. Upon their certification you receive $500, and an additional $500 once they have provided one year of care.

Pass this flier on to anyone you think might be interested in fostering with GOBHI!

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