DHW opens new foster care facility in Payette

DHW Communications

The Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) hosted a ribbon cutting Thursday, May 2, for a new 16-bed foster care facility in the city of Payette.

The Payette Assessment and Care Center (PACC) is a place that will provide structure, safety, and a supportive environment for foster children.

“The inauguration of the Payette Assessment and Care Center (PACC) represents a beacon of hope for Idaho’s vulnerable children, offering a safe haven for healing and growth,” said DHW Interim Director Dean Cameron at the ribbon cutting. “With the dedication of our staff and support of our community, we stand committed to shaping bright futures for those in need.”

Idaho has been experiencing a shortage of foster homes equipped to handle children with developmental disabilities and to provide facilities where siblings could stay together. The PACC will help fill those needs.

The PACC will offer assessment and programming intended to stabilize youth until they’re transitioned to either a treatment foster home or residential treatment facility specifically matched to each youth’s needs.

Each child will be provided a dedicated on-site case manager to help with their immediate needs. Medical, dental, and counselling services in Payette will be available as well.

All children will be enrolled in an online public school within five days to ensure continuity in their education and academic growth. Activities such as bike rides, field trips, sports, gardening, and chores will also be available to help ensure healthy growth.

Cameron also expressed gratitude to the community of Payette, which has contributed to the new facility’s budding success.

“The community has shown tremendous support for the center and its mission,” Cameron said. “Volunteers have generously offered their time to clean, paint, and beautify the center’s grounds. We’re grateful for their contributions, and for the great difference this center will make for Idaho’s children.”

Community donors included: Freedom Youth Foundation, Adam Roe Painting, Canyon Electric, Sherwin Williams, Ninzie Digital Media, and Zach Floor Coating.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is dedicated to strengthening the health, safety, and independence of Idahoans. Learn more at healthandwelfare.idaho.gov.