Join WACF - today!

WACF works with its members to spearhead new initiatives, coordinate collaboration and conversation between agencies, and speak with a unified voice on the behalf of children, youth, and families.

Membership Application:

Join our diverse and inclusive network of member agencies in collaboration, communication, improved service delivery, and mutual support among organizations.


Membership Dues:

Join us! We have three options for participation:

  • Full voting Organizational Member — Agencies or entities that have DCYF child welfare serving contracts including in-home services, child placing agencies, behavioral rehabilitation services and independent living services.  (This excludes agencies who primarily serve early learning – see supporting organization).
  • Non-voting Partnering Organization — Agencies or entities whose primary focus is legislative, administrative, and/or local advocacy on behalf of children and families.
  • Non-Voting Supporting Organization — Agencies that support families involved with or at risk of involvement with the child welfare system, whose primary sources of funding are not through DCYF contracts.

Dues for full voting Organizational Members are determined by annual child welfare expenses (excluding pass-through payments to foster parents, if applicable) and are recalculated annually.  Child welfare expenses are agency expenses related to child welfare services. These include: foster care, group care, visitation, family preservation & support services, and independent living skills. It does not include: early learning, home visiting, child mental health, community mental health, homeless family prevention & intervention support services.

July 1, 2024 - June 30, 2025 Dues:
Self-reported annual child welfare expensesx.005
Partnering Organizations$500
Supporting Organizations$350

The Association year begins on July 1, and ends on June 30, of each year
.  Agencies joining the association later in the year will have dues prorated.  Once your application has been approved you will receive an invoice.

WACF Member Discounts:

Members of WACF can receive:

  • 25% off of the accreditation fee with Council on Accreditation  
    *An organization can receive a retroactive discount on its (re)accreditation fee if it notifies COA within 3 months from the date of COA’s receipt of the application and submits written confirmation from WACF.

WACF Divisions

Family Preservation & Support Services (FPSS) Division — When families are separated, it creates lifelong trauma for children, youth, and parents. WACF supports agencies that provide in-home and community-based services to families, with the goal of stabilizing families to prevent children from entering more intensive services, including out-of-home care.

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Child Placing Agencies (CPA) Division — There are more than 8,000 children in out-of-home care in Washington State. WACF supports private, community-based foster care agencies that recruit, license, train, and support foster families.  CPAs work collaboratively with the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) to ensure timely permanency.

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Intensive Services (IS) Division — WACF works with agencies that provide Behavioral Rehabilitation Services, Crisis Residential Centers, HOPE beds, Regional Assessment Centers, therapeutic foster care, and other services designed to serve children, youth, and their families with multidimensional and complex needs.

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Independent Living (IL) Division — WACF supports agencies that provide Independent Living Services across the State of Washington. These services are designed to assist youth and young adults ages 15 - 23 in making the transition from foster care to self-sufficiency. 

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