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Caregiver Connection Monthly Newsletter
August 2017

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July 14, 2017
2016 Foster Parent Survey: DSHS Foster Parents Speak
Between September 2015 and August 2016, DSHS surveyed 1,350 foster parents about their satisfaction with the support and training provided by Children’s Administration and private agencies.  They were also asked to offer recommendations for change. This report is the sixth annual Foster Parent Survey report completed by Research and Data Analysis (RDA).  Read the 2016 survey

July 12, 2017
Updated CA Education Policy
Children’s Administration updated policy  4302A. Educational Services and Planning: Early Childhood Development, K-12 and Post-Secondary  effectively  July 1, 2017.  The policy requires all children in out-of-home care to attend public school, unless they are court approved for home schooling, private school or participating in an ALE instruction conducted 100% on-line in the child’s placement setting. Read more

June 27, 2017
Notification of the DLR Emergency WACs that went into effect June 23, 2017
The emergency WAC went into effect on June 23, 2017. Please see the attachment SHS-4631.2 for the new WAC language. The changes are underlined. The other documents also included in the filing are attached. The CR-102 will be filed in the next 60 days. Once the CR-102 is filed a public hearing will be scheduled and you will be notified how to provide comment and the time and location of the hearing in case you want to attend in person. Read more

June 21, 2017
Apple Health’s Coordinated Care Program is here to help serve children in foster care and their caregivers. Watch the YouTube video

June 5, 2017
Don’t forget this summer - foster parents and relative/kinship caregivers and their foster children can now enjoy free admission to the Seattle Aquarium. Come experience the wonders of Puget Sound.  Read more


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Contact Information

Children's Administration Employee Directory

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Caregivers Communication Guide

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Meet Our Recruitment Partners Who Support You

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Statewide Foster Parent Recruitment Information Center

For information about becoming a foster parent

Call 1-888-KIDS-414 (1-888-543-7414)

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Foster Parent Reimbursement & Liability Plans

Brochure - Foster Parent Reimbursement & Liability Plans
(360) 902-0286

Crisis Support Lines for Foster Parents & Relative Caregivers

  • Foster Parent & Caregiver Support line - 1-800-301-1868
    The Foster Parent & Caregiver Support Line provides phone support when foster parents and relative caregivers are in crisis. Children’s Administration social workers answer the calls and can offer behavior management advice, problem solving tips and a listening ear. The support line operates after business hours through CA’s Central Intake.
    ​5:00 pm - 8:00 am Mon - Fri & all weekend hours for emergencies
    Foster Parent Crisis Line FAQ
  • Call your local Children's Office 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Mon - Fri
  • Call 24 hour Foster Parents Association of Washington State (FPAWS) Line at 1-800-391-CARE or 1-800-391-2273
  • Call a Washington State Mental Health crisis line for local assistance with a mental health crisis.