Become a foster parent
Are you ready to make a difference?
We know, because you’re here. You want to make a difference.
Listen to what our youth and foster/proctor families have said about their experience.
“When you can connect with the Proctor youth its amazing. I consider them my boys and part of my family. I love being able to be there for them even after they leave my home.”Kimproctor parent
“It was hard at first when I lived with a 4TY Proctor family. As I did more activities with theSergioprevious proctor youth
family, I started to feel more part of the family until they were my family.”
“Being a Proctor parent can be tough, but when you make a heart to heart connection with a youth, it makes it all worth it.”Sueproctor parent
“Living with my 4TY proctor family changed my live. I will be forever grateful. I still consider them my family today.”Andrewprevious proctor youth
“So many youth do not have a loving family. My family realized we could be that family for them.”Brandyproctor parent
Foster/proctor care is NOT easy, but is so rewarding. Here are some things to think about.
We will help you every step of the way in becoming a licensed home. The State of Utah requires preservice training that 4 The Youth will assist you in completing. 4 The Youth provides a flexible training schedule that will fit your needs
We are licensed to have youth in our program ages 0 to 21. The ages of youth that are placed in our foster homes are 6 to 18. Most youth are in their teenage years.
4 The youth is contracted with Division of Child and Family Services(DCFS) and Division of Juvenile Justice Services (DJJS). These divisions reach out to agencies like 4 The Youth with a list of treatment needs for these youth in care. If 4 The Youth has a home that fits the needs of the youth, then DCFS or DJJS will place the youth in the home. Before a youth is placed in your home we will go over all the information we have on the youth, which can help you decide if the youth will be a good fit for your home.
Youth can live in your home from 3 months to several years depending on the need and goals for the youth. Some youth go on to be adopted, while others return to live with their family, and others will turn 18 and go on to leave state custody and live independently
Yes, all youth are covered by State Medicaid Insurance.
Yes, you will receive compensation for the youth that you care for in your home, which is considered a tax-free income. The youth also receive additional money to help pay for their clothing and hygiene needs.
The youth will attend school in the school district you live in.
It is important to understand that youth who are placed into foster care come from various backgrounds, cultures and generally have been exposed to traumatic events. Supporting these youth requires providing a safe, consistent and caring environment. You will play an essential role in the youth’s life and be a valuable part of their treatment team.
Foster parents are trained and licensed through the State of Utah. Once the Foster home is certified, Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) will contact the home directly to place a youth in their home. Once the youth is placed in the foster home, the foster parent will work directly with the youth’s DCFS Case Worker. The foster youth will also generally have therapy with a Medicaid approved provider in the community that the foster parent is responsible for scheduling and ensuring the youth attends.
Proctor care is similar to Foster Care. 4 The Youth is licensed through the State of Utah, which allows us to train and license proctor parents directly. DCFS and other child placing agencies contact 4 The Youth looking for available proctor homes to place youth in. 4 The Youth’s Program Director contacts the proctor home and discusses the youth’s situation with them. Proctor parents can then decide if it is an appropriate placement for their home. Once the youth is placed in the proctor home, 4 The Youth adds additional support to the proctor family and home with a mentor and therapist that both work at 4 The Youth. 4 The Youth also provides 24 hour support for the proctor home.