What Is Washington Fosters?
Washington Fosters is an initiative of the Washington Association for Children & Families (WACF). By working with advocates, agencies, and non-profit organizations in Washington State and beyond, Washington Fosters is developing clear resources and helpful tools for those considering becoming foster parents. Here's how we're supporting children, youth, and families in Washington State.
- Provide potential foster parents with essential educational resources so they can make informed decisions
- Improve recruitment strategies through digital tools that link our partner agencies with a wider audience
- Advocate for foster families by learning more about their needs and sharing their stories
- Educate the general public about the challenges and status of foster care in Washington State
Together, Washington Fosters and WACF can promote safety, permanency, and well-being for children and families.
Catholic Community Services - As the direct service arm of the Catholic Church in Western Washington, Operates a variety of shelters and programs that directly support families in need.
Youthnet - Youthnet offers educational and support services to children and families within the foster care system. Their services include transitional programs aimed at supporting youth as they transition from the foster care system into independent adulthood.
Community Youth Services - Community Youth Services empowers youth-at-risk and their families to meet their goals for safety, stability, belonging and success by providing a continuum of individualized services and advocacy.
Amara - Amara works to ensure that every child in foster care has the love and support of a committed family – as quickly as possible and for as long as each child needs. As a foster care agency, Amara works with potential foster parents from licensing through placement, and adoption where relevant.
Olive Crest - Olive Crest works throughout the West Coast to end child abuse by supporting children and their families through foster care services, reunification, and adoption.
Friends of Youth - Friends of Youth helps young people in challenging circumstances get their lives back on track. Their 26 sites and programs in 18 cities across the Puget Sound region support 6,500 children, youth, and their families. Services include overnight shelters, in-home family support, and transitional housing services among others.
Secret Harbor - Secret Harbor works with youth who have experienced serious trauma due to abuse and neglect. With teams of caring adults and high quality, intensive services, Secret Harbor helps youth cope with trauma, regain some trust in adults, and feel empowered to eventually rebuild their lives.
Morning Star Boys' Ranch - Through its programs and services, Morning Star provides love, professional care, guidance and hope to children, youth and families, and nurtures their social, moral, educational and emotional growth.
Accelerator YMCA - The Accelerator YMCA provides youth and their families with the communication skills needed to strengthen their relationships. They also have a foster care program, a crisis outreach response system, and in-home parenting support.
Lutheran Community Services Northwest - With offices throughout Washington state, Lutheran Community Services Northwest offers parenting education, child development activities, support groups, resource fairs, community referrals, and connections to basic needs like food, clothing, health care, housing, and employment.
Comprehensive Life Resources - Comprehensive Life Resources offers accessible community-based behavioral health services, guided by recovery-oriented principles and best practices, for Pierce County adults and youth.
Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) - DCYF is the lead agency for state-funded services that support children and families to build resilience and health and to improve educational outcomes. They partner with state and local agencies, tribes, and other organizations in communities throughout Washington.
Skookum Kids - Skookum Kids takes a common sense approach to help hopeful foster families navigate the licensing process and provide excellent foster care. They also facilitate child placement into families that fit with their needs and provide ongoing support for foster parents while they change lives.
Community & Family Services Foundation - Community & Family Services Foundation is dedicated to foster parents and the abused and neglected children they serve. They specialize in licensing and supporting foster parents who care for and nurture children who might be typically developing, or have high needs.
Pierce County Alliance - The mission of the Pierce County Alliance is to be a leader in the provision of human services, specializing in substance abuse and mental health services for individuals, families, and the community.
Thinking about becoming a foster parent? Reach out and get connected to agencies who will guide you through the process.