The WACF formed the Institute for Practice Improvement to provide technical assistance and training to private agencies committed to the well-being of children and families to improve their practice and implement innovative practices.

Our Commitment:

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 that create discriminatory practices in the child welfare system.  These systems routinely produce racially poor outcomes for people of color. 

We are dedicated to improving practice to eliminate racism within the child welfare system.  WACF commits to providing technical assistance, training and innovative practice that supports practice improvement. 

2022-2023 WACF IPI Board of Directors

  • Dave Newell, Children's Home Society of Washington - President 
  • Terry Pottmeyer- Vice President
  • Ray Deck III, Skookum Kids - Treasurer  
  • Secretary - Vacant
  • Karen Brady, Ryther - Member at large
  • Marcia Wright-Soika, FamilyWorks - Member at Large
  • Member at large - Vacant
  • Member at large - Vacant

Washington Fosters is an initiative of the Washington Association for Children & Families (WACF). By working with advocates, agencies, and non-profit organizations in Washington State and beyond, Washington Fosters is developing clear resources and helpful tools for those considering becoming foster parents.

Here's how we're supporting children, youth, and families in Washington State.:

  • Provide potential foster parents with essential educational resources so they can make informed decisions
  • Improve recruitment strategies through digital tools that link our partner agencies with a wider audience
  • Advocate for foster families by learning more about their needs and sharing their stories
  • Educate the general public about the challenges and status of foster care in Washington State
  • Together, Washington Fosters and WACF can promote safety, permanency, and well-being for children and families. 
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