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June 2015
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July 1, 2015
Foster Family Fun Night
The Wenatchee Applesox and KCSY-Sunny FM have teamed up to support foster parents and relative caregivers on the east side of the state.  On August 5th, caregiver families have been invited to The Paul Thomas Sr. Field for a great game of baseball against the Walla Walla Sweets.  Oh, did we mention the game tickets are free to caregiver families?  Contact Marie Scanlon at the Wenatchee DCFS office to get your tickets at 509-665-5334 or email ScanlM1@dshs.wa.gov.
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June 25, 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 will live on our website.  Caregivers will soon be able to search by topic for helpful information related to caring for the children placed in your home.  Read more

June 25, 2015

Please read the message from Connie Lambert-Eckel, Director of Field Operations, Children’s Administration regarding the potential shutdown of state services effective July, 2015.
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June 18, 2015
Supporting GLBTQ Youth
New resources are available in support of GLBTQ youth in the Parenting Resources section under Supportive Organizations & Resources.  

June 1, 2015
Canoe Families Celebration
Looking for a great FREE opportunity to enjoy with your children?  The State Parks' Folk & Traditional Arts in the Parks Program invites you to the Canoe Families Celebration from noon to 4 p.m., June 13 at Millersylvania State Park in Olympia. You do not need a Discover Pass to attend this event and all activities are free.  The optional Salmon and fry bread lunch is $10 per person.

THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO EVERYONE.  Do you or the children placed in your home have Native heritage?  Check out this opportunity to learn more about the cultural heritage of the Chehalis, Nisqually and Puyallup Indian Tribes.  For more information go to:  http://www.parks.wa.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=129

 

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Children's Administration Staff Directories 

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Fostering Together’s Recruitment Liaisons, Support Groups & Services

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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)

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.