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August 2015
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August 24, 2015

In response to the wildfires impacting many areas in Washington and the western United States, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network has shared a good resource for families and children.
http://www.nctsn.org/trauma-types/natural-disasters/fires/wildfires#tabset-tab-5

August 19, 2015
Foster Parent Frequently Asked Questions
In response to the Children’s Administration’s (CA) 2014 Foster Parent Survey, we heard you express many questions about CA policy, practice and how that impacts caring for children placed in your homes.  In response CA has developed a “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQs) that lives on our website.  Caregivers can search by topic for helpful information related to caring for the children placed in your home.  Read more

August 18, 2015
The air quality is very bad right now in parts of Eastern Washington due to wildfires. Please be advised that children should remain indoors and limit physical activity in areas where air quality is poor. Face masks should not be used with young children as the masks are not designed to fit them. If a child has a health condition, the medical provider should be consulted as to other protective measures.

Please go to this Department of Health website for more information about wildfire smoke and air quality.

August 12, 2015
What do you know about the Health and Safety visit for the child in your care and the monthly visit with you as the caregiver?  Here is information for caregivers about the social worker’s visit with you and the child in your care. Read more

August 7, 2015
Treehouse has just released a new tool for caregivers, youth and educators on their website. The new Academic Resource Center provides easily accessible, information and resources to support the academic success of youth in foster care in Washington State. Much of the information is also helpful for kinship caregivers who are caring for relative children who are not placed in foster care as well.  

August 6, 2015
Jennifer Strus, CA Assistant Secretary announced on August 6, that a $200 clothing vouchers will be authorized for children at their initial out-of-home placement whether the child is placed in a licensed foster home or with an unlicensed caregiver.  Read more about the change to this policy

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Children's Administration Staff Directories 

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Fostering Together’s Recruitment Liaisons, Support Groups & Services

Find help and support - training, licensing, questions and support services

Statewide Foster Parent Recruitment Information Center

For information about becoming a foster parent

Call 1-888-KIDS-414 (1-888-543-7414)

Operated by Northwest Resource Associates

Foster Parent Reimbursement & Liability Plans

Brochure - Foster Parent Reimbursement & Liability Plans
(360) 902-0286
nealmip@dshs.wa.gov

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.