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June 13, 2013
Foster Parent Survey
Between April 2012 and August 2012, the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) surveyed 1,371 foster parents who had a child in care on February 13, 2012 or May 15, 2012. Read more...

June 3, 2013
Retirees who choose to adopt
This video chronicles "baby boomers" who are just retiring. Surprisingly, they are making a choice to add to their family by adopting teenage foster children who are aging out of care. Watch the video...

May 8, 2013
Governor Jay Inslee has declared May as Foster Care Month and May 15 as Kinship Caregiver Day. Thank you to all relative caregivers and foster parents for the love and dedication you give to the children in your care! Please take a moment to read the proclamations signed by Washington's Governor:

Foster Care Month

Kinship Caregiver Day

April 24, 2013
5th Annual Camp To Belong
The fifth annual Camp To Belong Washington will be held August 12 - 17, 2013 at Miracle Ranch, Port Orchard, Washington. Read more...

February 11, 2013
Travel Policy
With spring break fast approaching, it's important for all caregivers to understand the Travel Policy of Children's Administration. Read more...

July 20, 2012
Information About Immunizations for Adults and Children

June 27, 2012

Health Care Coverage Information
Children in out-of-home care now have the option to enroll in a managed care plan:

Medical information for caregivers

Q&A for Social Workers and Caregivers

June 19, 2012
The Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a great resource for parents caring for foster children under the age of five and all foster youth who are pregnant. Relatives caring for children who are dependents of the state also are eligible for the program. Many relatives caring for children who are not dependents also are eligible, depending on income. Get more information about the WIC program.

May 12, 2012
Urgent Update on Whooping Cough to All Foster Parents

May 7, 2012
Important Notice to All Foster Parents and Relative Caregivers
Governor Gregoire announced Washington has declared the outbreak of Whooping Cough (Pertussis) an epidemic, with more than 1,100 cases reported in the state so far. Please read this Important Notice to All Foster Parents and Relative Caregivers.

May 1, 2012
May is National Foster Care Month
Read the letter from Denise Revels Robinson, Assistant Secretary, Children's Administration

April 26, 2012
You may be called for the Foster Parent Survey. Read more...

February 10, 2012
Adoption Tax Credit Awareness Day
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, the North American Council on Adoptable Children and the National Resource Centers are forwarding information to states to help support the Adoption Tax Credit Awareness Day, set for Monday, February 13th. Please help us distribute information to families in your area who have adopted. Read more...

January 2, 2012
New information on policies about mandated reporting of child abuse and neglect are available. Please go here: http://www.dshs.wa.gov/ca/safety/abuseReport.asp?2