Our program and volunteers are adapting to make sure every child we serve knows they are not alone and that their volunteer is standing beside them — virtually or at a distance of at least six feet. Volunteers are Face-timing, calling, texting, and sending letters and cards to make sure kids are safe, nourished, and as okay as they can be right now.
Court Advocates for Children is taking urgent steps to help meet the needs of these children and families. We are deeply grateful for our donors and partners whose support has enabled us to respond quickly to this crisis.
Help children in need during COVID-19.
National Foster Care Month is an initiative of the Children’s Bureau. Each May, we take time to acknowledge foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, policymakers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections. We use this time to renew our commitment to ensuring a bright future for the more than 437,0001 children and youth in foster care, and celebrate those who make a meaningful difference in their lives.
KEY FACTS & STATISTICS
- There are over 437,000 children and youth in foster care. Over half have a case plan goal of reunification with their parents or primary caregiver.
- Collaborating with court systems can pave the way for timely, safe, and stable reunification.
- Child welfare agencies can work with community providers to ensure that appropriate services are available to children and families as well as build their own capacity to serve this population.
- Competent legal representation for parents is associated with the achievement of timely reunification.
- In addition to supporting brain development, encouraging young people to be active participants in planning their own lives supports development of leadership skills, improves self-esteem, and helps form critical social connections.
ALEXIS’S STORY – Describes a child protective services workers personal account of a family’s child welfare experience. This video highlights the importance of family-centered practice and multidisciplinary supports to family reunification.
Honoring and recognizing National Foster Care Month is an important part of keeping the needs of children and youth in foster care in the minds of the public.
ON THE PATHWAY TO HOPE
Serves as a guide to help families and communities understand that the Family First Act is to help them work towards improving the safety of their children and strength of the community through prevention and resilience.
Casey Family Programs
404 North Third Street
Yakima, WA 98901-2343
TRIBAL LEADERSHIP SERIES: YOUTH ENGAGEMENT (PDF)
W.K. Kellogg Foundation (2018)
Provides framework to help Tribal leaders build knowledge and skills around youth engagement in their own Tribe’s traditions and practices.
FosteringWA engages with children, families, and communities to obtain positive outcomes by:
- Providing support services
- Recruiting and developing resource families/caregivers
- Offering comprehensive training and education
- Supporting permanency planning for children