International Foster Care

The International Foster Care program (IFC) at Catholic Community Services Southwest provides a safe, nurturing foster care environment for youth who have fled their countries of origin. Our program provides access to a comprehensive set of services including case management, education, legal, social and psychological supports all directed at achieving safety, stability and healthy development.

Youth come to us as immigrants, refugees, victims of trafficking from around the world, including the following countries of origin: Eritrea, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras.

While these youth arrive in the United States through various means, they come to our program under the direction of the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).  All have been separated from their adult family members or do not have family members who are willing or able to care for them. They are with us from about three months to five years, depending on their status. Our objective is to provide a safe and stable environment for youth where they receive needed support services while pursuing family reunification or transition to independent living.

We are looking for foster families in King, Pierce, Thurston, Lewis, Clark, and Kitsap Counties. If you are interested in joining our team or getting more information, click here and take a moment to fill out our brief survey. This survey will be emailed to us and we will follow up with you.

* Funding for our programs is provided by U.S. Office of Refugee and Resettlement and the WA State Office of Refugee & Immigrant Assistance, a division of the Department of Social & Health Services.  The International Foster Care Program at Catholic Community Services of Western Washington is an affiliate of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).


For general information about becoming a licensed foster parent, call:

Leah Barkell
Foster Home Recruiter
Phone: (253) 502-2745
Toll Free: (800) 372-3697

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