Youth services

FOSTER CARE PROGRAM

PCA’S foster care program has been operating for over 20 years and is authorized by Washington State to license foster homes that can serve youth from birth through age 21.

All PCA foster homes are assigned a professional, dedicated case manager. The case manager coordinates services, accesses community resources, advocates for the needs of the foster children and foster homes, and provides on-going training and support to the foster family.

It incorporates the Responsible Living Skills Program (RLSP), a residentially based independent living program that emphasizes personal decision making and competency in several life skill areas.

INDEPENDENT LIVING SKILLS (ILS)

The independent living program provides current and former foster youth, ages 15-23, services needed to pursue a successful lifestyle. The ILP case management team offers mentoring, support services, coaching and advocacy, focusing on four key life domains: daily living skills, employment, education and housing.

The program is designed to assist youth during the critical period between the time they leave foster care until they reach age 23. Our mission is to help them become independent and self-sufficient adults. We link them to resources within the community and help to keep them on right path to reach their full potential.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Youth 15 – 23 years of age, residing in Pierce County
  • Currently in, or have previously been in foster care for at least 30 days after their 15th birthday.

TRANSITIONAL SERVICES FOR YOUTH

This program assists youth during the critical period when they leave foster care and until they reach age 21 with a mission of helping them become independent and self-sufficient adults. The program links them to a variety of community resources and helps keep them on the path to attain their full potential.

INDEPENDENT YOUTH HOUSING PROGRAM (IYHP)

IHYP helps young adults, ages 18-23, who have aged out of foster care find and secure their own lease for an apartment. The program provides intensive case management and financial assistance, with the goal of preparing young adults who are alumni of foster care.

SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATION TRANSITION PLANNING (SETuP) PROGRAM

This program helps guide foster youth and unaccompanied homeless youth in their journey through high school or GED completion and provide a smooth transition to college or vocational training. A qualified case manager works one-on-one with each student, coaching them throughout the process.

Enrollment in this program allows participants to identify post-secondary goals, stay on-track with their current educational plan, link to other resources to aid in their current and future educational successes, and access information about scholarships and grants available to foster youth who want to pursue post-secondary educational opportunities.

A student is eligible if they are:

  • In foster care in Washington State or experiencing unaccompanied homelessness
  • Between the ages of 13-21
  • Enrolled in high school or a recognized GED program

For more information, check out the Washington Student Achievement Council website at:
https://wsac.wa.gov/setup