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TANF Child Only Means Testing Repeal (7/1/2018)

Effective July 1, 2018, there will no longer be means testing for income eligibility on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) households due to a change in the 2017-2019 Washington State Budget.  Learn more about the changes to TANF.

Local Kinship Navigator and State Program Highlighted in KinCare Today Magazine

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Washington Kinship Caregiver Receives National Award

On January 9, 2018 in Seattle, Olympia resident and Kinship Navigator Lynn Urvina was honored with a national Casey Excellence for Children Award, recognizing her distinguished work, exceptional leadership and relentless dedication in improving child welfare in America. Lynn Urvina is a Kinship Navigator for the nonprofit Family Education and Support Services in Olympia.  She provides practical and emotional support to caregivers who, like her, are raising grandchildren. She helps kinship caregivers traverse court systems, work with Child Protective Services and advocate on behalf of the children. She also links them to benefits and services they need to raise children successfully. In addition, Ms. Urvina facilitates the Washington state Kinship Caregivers Support Program in her local area. 

“My experiences raising my own granddaughter help me understand what other families are going through,” said Urvina. She and her husband began raising her granddaughter, Tara, when she was 11 months old. It was not always easy and Ms. Urvina sought help by attending a kinship support group. One evening, a local kinship navigator made a presentation to the group and mentioned that she soon would be leaving the job. Ms. Urvina knew right then that kinship navigation was her calling. As part of her recognition, the Casey Family Programs created this inspiring video about Lynn, showing how she transforms lives every day – check it out!

Thurston Talk did a follow-up story on Lynn Urvina.

Seven Unsung Kinship Care Heroes Honored

Each year, WA State’s Department of Early Learning (DEL) receives nominations from around the state for Unsung Hero Awards for Parents and Caregivers. The winning heroes have a page in their honor printed in the Seattle's Child magazine--one for each day in February.  They and their families are also recognized at a special dinner and honoring ceremony in their honor put on by DEL.

In 2018, a record seven of the 28 Unsung Heroes represent kinship care:

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Free Kinship Care and Foster Parent Families Annual Passes to the Seattle Aquarium and Pacific Science Center!


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