Foster Care Program
The foster care program has been operating for over 20 years, licensing foster homes and providing case management support services for the youth placed with us. The program licenses foster homes for children from birth through age 21 who have been placed in foster care. All Pierce County Alliance foster homes are assigned a professional and caring case manager. The case manager coordinates services, accesses community resources, advocates for the needs of the foster children and foster home and provides on-going training and support to the families. We also provide a 24 hour crisis phone for our foster families. Within the foster care program is the Responsible Living Skills Program (RLSP). Foster parents are provided special training and increased case management for these youth. The emphasis is on personal decision making and increased competency in several life skill areas. The RLSP works with the youth to help them make a successful and sustainable transition from foster care into adulthood. PCA serves its foster families using the Mockingbird Family Model, wherein a designated, licensed family residence, known as the “Hub Home”, assists the youth in accessing community support, navigating the bureaucracy, as well as offering peer support, social activities and respite care.
Independent Living Program
The ILP provides current and former foster youth, ages 15-21, the services they need to pursue a successful lifestyle. The ILP team at Pierce County Alliance will teach them daily living skills, help develop educational plans, and work with them to obtain and keep a good paying job. Additionally, this program is designed to assist youth during the critical period between the time they leave foster care until they reach age 21. 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. independence.wa.gov
Independent Youth Housing Program and Family Unification Program
Both housing programs utilize scattered site apartments within the community for young adults ages 18-23 that have aged out of the foster care system. The young adults get assistance finding and securing their own lease for an apartment. There is intensive case management support and financial assistance provided. The goal of both housing programs is to help prepare foster youth to become independent and self sufficient as they transition into adulthood.
Supplemental Education Transition Planning Program (SETuP)
This program is designed to guide foster youth in their journey through high school/GED completion so that a smooth transition to a post-secondary institution can take place. SETuP serves foster youth ages 14-18 that are in middle/high school or are completing a GED program and have hopes of pursuing post-secondary education. Enrollment in this program will allow 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 provide information about scholarships and grants available to foster youth who plan on attending a post-secondary institution.