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April 8, 2021
Secret Harbor is seeking a Foster Home Licensor
What is a home licensor? It’s a vital part of the foster care process! The Foster Home Licensor works on securing, training, and licensing foster care individuals and homes for the placement of children. For more information please check out our flyer:...
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March 31, 2021
New CPA webpage and video
Check out how Child Placement Agencies support children and foster families and partner with state social workers and DCYF in this new WACF CPA webpage and video: https://wachildrenandfamilies.org/cpa/. This page is dedicated to clarifying the roles and...
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March 16, 2021
Thank You for Your Leadership and Dedication to the Children and Families of Washington State
Throughout his career, Brian Carroll has been a partner and colleague of so many of us.  He was instrumental in the early formation of WACF, helping to bring together agencies providing residential, foster care, and preventive services.  Brian’s...
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March 2, 2021
Check out these two new videos about the Family Connections Program
The Family Connections Program is a framework to build relationships between all the important people in a foster child's life. Read more at  FCPWA.  Thanks to Amara, FCPWA and Washington Courts.  Family Connections: King's Story  Family Connections:...
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February 25, 2021
WACF is committed to serving ALL children and families
In January, Health and Human Services repealed a rule that prohibited government contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression (SOGIE) or on religion. We applaud DCYF’s stance  and stand with others...
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February 1, 2021
Welcome our Newest Board Member: Julie Brown
Welcome to our newest WACF Board Member Julie Brown, from the Y Social Impact Center.  Julie is serving as the chair of the newly formed WACF Independent Living Division. Julie has been with the Y Social Impact Center for 7 years, and leads Foster Care...
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January 26, 2021
Free Video Course: Begin Your Foster Parenting Journey
Choosing to become a foster parent is a major decision that will make a huge difference in a foster child’s life — and it will change your life too.  For anyone who is considering becoming a foster parent, or anyone who just wants to learn about how to...
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January 26, 2021
WACF Commitment to Racial Equity
WACF recognizes racial equity as a priority in preventing families from entering foster care, improving the disproportionality of foster families and reducing the number of youth of color in group care. We are dedicated to advocacy and policy and practice...
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January 8, 2021
Resources for Children and Youth Mental Health during COVID
Kelly Warner-King of the Washington Court Improvement Training Academy recently added a post with a wealth of information and resources on children and youth mental health during the...
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January 8, 2021
New Foster Care Centers of Excellence: Seattle & Spokane
Foster Care Centers of Excellence are medical centers that are created for youth in the child welfare system with a goal to make health care easier. They provide high quality, trauma-informed medical care on a one-time basis or serve as a Primary Care...
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November 30, 2020
Welcome Amy Keltner, WACF’s new staff member, a fellow from Foster America.
Amy has worked the last 11 years with Denver Public Schools. Her background is in strategy and improvement, data and reporting. She is also a former kinship foster parent and now an adoptive parent of three kids. Amy will support Jill across many areas of...
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November 30, 2020
We have officially added Independent Living Services as a new division
This group has been active for several months and is currently focused on contracts, data issues and improving communication with DCYF. The IL Chair is Julie Brown from the Y Social Impact Center and the vice chair is Sara Rylaarsdam from Youthnet. Thank you...
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November 30, 2020
WACF officially received 501(c)(3) approval for our new WACF Institute for Practice Improvement
This will allow us to provide more practice support to our members, and flexibility to apply for private and government grants. To find out more, check out https://wachildrenandfamilies.org/wacf-institute-for-practice-improvement/....
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