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Refugee Foster Care Parent

Bethany Christian Services Grand Rapids Refugee Foster Care


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Published 1 month ago

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Full time (30+ hrs/wk)

Refugee Foster Care Parent

Please note that this opportunity is for those within a 1 hour radius of Grand Rapids, Michigan who are interested in welcoming a refugee youth in to their home until they can independently transition into adulthood or be reunified with a safe sponsor.

Currently, there are 20-25 children referred to us and waiting for a foster family to welcome them into their home until they can be reunified with a safe sponsor or build the capacity to flourish independently. Many of these children have been waiting over 500 days in a shelter. Our Unaccompanied Children and Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Programs place children with longer-term foster families. For older youth that might be a year or two before they transition into adulthood and for the younger kids, this may be several years. Unaccompanied Children are stopped at the boarder and Unaccompanied Refugee Youth arrive from refugee camps overseas.

Across the world, war, natural disasters, or persecution have forced families to flee their homes. Along the dangerous journey to refugee camps, many teens become separated from their families. If family members cannot be located, teens are often resettled in other countries as unaccompanied minors. As a refugee foster parent, you can provide a safe and supportive place for a teen to heal from past trauma. In a family setting, you can help a teen meet their physical needs, pursue an education, develop their English skills, get connected in the community, and prepare for future independence. Refugee foster families come from a variety of backgrounds and include families with small children, families whose kids are grown, and both one- and two-parent families. You can show love and compassion to teens who are afraid, alone, and yearning for safety as they begin a new life in the U.S.

Please note that this opportunity is for those within a 1 hour radius of Grand Rapids, Michigan who are interested in welcoming a refugee youth in to their home until they can independently transition into adulthood or be reunified with a…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Stipend Provided
  • Training Provided
  • Language / Cultural Support Available
  • Families Welcome
  • International Volunteers Welcome

Location

Your Home

Grand Rapids, MI

How to Apply

The first step to learning more about becoming a Refugee Foster Care Parent is to attend a virtual, no-commitment Information Meeting. These meetings are being held twice monthly. You can register by clicking the URL link provided. Make sure to register for a "Refugee Foster Care Information Meeting" in Grand Rapids, Michigan. You can also contact our Refugee Foster Care Family Recruiter, Claire Hopkins, for Information Dates and registration details. She can be reached at 616-256-2293 or chopkins@bethany.org.

The entire licensing process takes anywhere from 3-6 months and a Bethany staff member will be by your side making sure you are well informed and prepared to welcome a refugee in to your home.

The first step to learning more about becoming a Refugee Foster Care Parent is to attend a virtual, no-commitment Information Meeting. These meetings are being held twice monthly…

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