Foster Parenting

STAY INFORMED

Caregiver Connection Monthly Newsletter
February 2018
Archives

Foster Parent Email Service
Subscribe to our email service and receive the Caregiver Connection Newsletter and other emails with important information.

Latest News

February 16, 2018
Revised Foster Care and Group Care WACs go into Effect on March 16, 2018
Changes were made to WAC chapters 388-145 Group Care Facilities and 388-148 Foster Homes. The updated WAC language will be available on March 16, 2018 at https://www.dshs.wa.gov/ca/foster-parenting/guidelines-laws-rules . The language will also be updated on the legislative website at http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=388 approximately two weeks later. Thank you to all that provided feedback, public comment, and participated in this process.  Read the new language.

February 15, 2018

The Pacific Northwest Caregivers Conference
The Pacific Northwest Caregivers Conference is just around the corner.  Read the message from Mike Canfield, FPAWS President

 

 

February 8, 2018
Seattle Mariners - We Are Family
Join the Seattle Mariners and Children’s Administration on Sunday, May 20, 2018 for the 10 Anniversary of We Are Family Day as we recognize foster and adoptive parents and kinship caregivers during National Foster Care Month and Kinship Caregiver Day.  To purchase tickets go to:  Mariners.com/WeAreFamilyPromo Code:  WeAreFamily       
Also, don’t miss our pre-game carnival event that starts at 11:30 a.m. right before the game!    
Read the We Are Family Flyer

January 30, 2018
Scholarships are now available to the Washington State Saying It Out Loud Conference on April 23, 2018 at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center. Read more

January 17, 2018
Notification that the DLR WAC Rule-Making is in Process
Children's Administration is notifying you that the rule making process has begun. The CR-101 was filed on January 10, 2018 to initiate the process to make changes to the Division of Licensed Resources (DLR) WACs. There are several DLR WACs in the 388-148 Child Foster Homes, 388-145 Group Care, or 388-147 Child Placing Agencies and Adoption Services that are in the process of being revised. The Preproposal Statement of Inquiry CR-101 and the proposed WAC language are attached for your review; the proposed revisions are in red.

The amended language in this revision has been requested by DSHS staff, the Fire Marshal, private agency staff, group care staff, foster parents and other stakeholders. The proposed changes will be shared through the foster parent distribution list and posted to the foster parent website.  The proposed changes will also be discussed at the upcoming 1624 Statewide Consultation Meeting in January, the Private Agency Licensor (PALs) Statewide Meetings and the Children’s Administration Indian Policy Advisory Committee during the month of February.

You will also be receiving a notice when the CR-102 has been filed. At that time the attached WACs will be open for comment and you will receive the date for the public hearing. Please contact Kristina Wright at 360.902.8349 or wrighks@dshs.wa.gov if you have any questions pertaining to this WAC filing.

January 8, 2018
Are you curious about how Children’s Administration measures its success in serving children, families, and caregivers?  For a brief overview, watch th​is video.

 

>> News Archive


Contact Information

Children's Administration Employee Directory

Get contact information for Children's Administration staff

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
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.

​FIRST Program - Foster Intervention and Retention Support Team

Provides support to foster parents during a licensing violation or DLR/CPS Investigation.