Refugee foster care
Foster families provide a safe, nurturing and stable environment for these refugee youth who do not have parents or adults who can provide care. They welcome the youth into their home and family, providing the same love and guidance as they would their biological children. Foster families are paid a stipend by the agency to help offset for the costs associated with having an additional person in the household.
Therapeutic foster care
Therapeutic foster families provide a safe, nurturing and stable environment for these refugee youth who have been through greater traumas. They work with a team of staff including case managers, behavioral specialists, and therapists to help the youth heal from past experiences while moving forward to independent adulthood. Therapeutic foster families receive more training and a higher daily stipend than traditional foster families.
Host homes (Rent a room)
Host homes rent a room to youth who no longer need the extra guidance of a foster family, but are not ready to be entirely on their own. Host families are not legally responsible for the youth in their home, but provide guidance and help teach skills necessary for successful independence, like cooking, budgeting, and maintaining a household. Host homes are paid monthly rent by the youth, negotiated before a youth moves into the home.
Mentors are volunteers who build a relationship of unconditional caring and friendship to help refugee teens learn independent living and social skills. As positive role models, mentors share their knowledge and experience to help the youth adjust to differences they experience in the United States. Mentors also help them explore educational and career choices.
Tutors help youth succeed in a new educational system and develop positive study habits. Tutors must have a bachelor’s degree in any field of study and may work with one youth or several.
Interpreters facilitate effective communication for limited English proficient refugee youth. They bridge the gap between language barriers and help the youth adjust to their new home. Interpreters are responsible for listening to, understanding, and translating spoken or written statements from one language to another. Interpreters are paid for providing this service and must be fluent in both English and one other target language.