Do you love the challenge of working with teenagers? Are you flexible? Do you have a sense of humor? Are you able to stay calm when our teens do their best to push your buttons? Are you willing to, like, really commit?
Kids Crossing is looking for individuals, couples, and families to care for teenagers, ages 13 to 18. Teenagers involved in the child welfare system need temporary and long-term cargivers to show them unconditional commitment to help them develop the skills they need to be successful young adults. These teenagers may be runaways, struggling with substance abuse issues, sentenced to probation for criminal behavior, diagnosed with a mental health disorder, and/or they may not be motivated to attend school. These teenagers may be stepping down from a higher level of care, such as a residential treatment facility or the Division of Youth Corrections, or they may be entering the child welfare system for the first time as a result of conflict at home. Teenagers need guidance as they work to achieve permanency by reunifying with parents and/or family members, or they may need to be taught the skills to successfully emancipate. Above all, these teenagers need a stable home environment complete with structure, consistency, and love.
- Jackie Brochu, foster parent of teens
Kids Crossing also supervises group facilities. If you are an experienced provider and would like to find out more about this process, please contact a Kids Crossing placement supervisor.