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November 10, 2015
Foster Parents and Relative Caregivers with teens placed in your home who are 11 – 15 years of age – this information is for you!  Connecting is a prevention-focused program, to help strengthen family relationships and help caregivers develop skills to reduce risky behavior among teens. Researchers at the University of Washington pilot tested Connecting to find out if it works with caregivers of children in foster care and found promising results from this easy to use, high impact intervention. They are looking for 260 foster youth and their caregivers to participate in the study.  Read more about how you can participate in Connecting and the positive comments already made by caregivers.

October 26, 2015
Caregivers often ask questions about sharing photos of children placed with their family on social networking sites like FaceBook.  CA’s policy 43022 Outside Communication for Children in Out-Of-Home Care, includes procedures to help clarify information about posting on social networking sites.

October 1, 2015
Foster parents and relative caregivers often wonder if their efforts with children in their care really makes a difference.  And the resounding answer is YES!  Watch the video of Seattle Seahawks # 88 - Jimmy Graham, Tight End. The video tells his remarkable story about how a loving, stable home with a single mom changed the trajectory of his life. Watch the video

September 28, 2015
Please read the letter from Jennifer Strus about the Children’s Administration Foster Parent Consultation (CAFPT – 1624) Team nominations and elections.  All licensed foster parents are eligible to nominate and vote on their local representative to the team.  If you would like to know more about this volunteer opportunity and the role of the elected representatives, please contact the individual identified from your area on the nomination form.   Nomination Form (Word)

September 14, 2015
Emergency WAC 388-148-1320 and 388-145-1335
Our Emergency WAC 388-148-1320 and 388-145-1335 went into effect on 9/10/15. The WAC is more specific on how to proceed with someone with positive TB due to latent TB and allows for a medical exemption for individuals that would have a severe medical consequence due to the influenza vaccination.

The public comment period for the following proposed rule changes is now through October 27, 2015 at 5:00 pm. Read more

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Contact Information

Children's Administration Staff Directories 

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Caregivers Communication Guide

Who to contact if you have a question or concern about the child in your care

Meet Our Recruitment Partners Who Support You

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

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.