• Read our first Annual Report on how children served by the child welfare system are faring in safety, permanency, well-being and education.
  • Strive is parenting program that will be available for download for free and eventually used for vulnerable families outside of the child welfare system.
  • Oliver is a new technology solution that will help child welfare and youth/young adult homeless social service providers streamline business processes within their organizations.
  • SB 5486 will improve the Parents for Parents program, which engages families who have children in foster care and connects them to parents who have successfully gone through dependency and are prepared to offer support.

Our Work in Child Welfare

Partners for Our Children works to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families in Washington State, especially those touched by the child welfare system. But we can’t do that alone. That’s why we work closely with partners to get the right information into the right hands – those making important decisions about child welfare practice and policy. 

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Child Welfare Fast Facts

  1. In 2014, there were approximately 8,500 children in out-of-home care in Washington State.
  2. The median length of stay in out-of-home care is 15 months.
  3. In 2014, 57% of siblings were all placed together, 18% were placed with some of their siblings, and 25% were not placed with any siblings.
  4. 64% of children were adopted within one year of becoming legally free.

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Current Projects

Oliver

Oliver is a new technology solution that will help child welfare and youth/young adult homeless social service providers streamline business processes within their organizations.
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Connecting

Connecting aims to improve bonds between teens and foster parents, which in turn can make teens less vulnerable to risky behaviors. So far, the program has showed promising results.
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Data Portal

The Data Portal provides access to data about children and families who interact with the child welfare system in Washington State.
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Strive

Strive is parenting program that will be available for download for free and eventually used for vulnerable families outside of the child welfare system.
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Latest Briefs and Reports

Parenting

Strive – An Open Source Parenting Program

This 2014 summary brief provides background on parenting programs, the challenges the state faces in reaching families with tailored, evidence-informed parenting programs and one potential solution – the new Strive parenting program.
Brief May 15, 2015
Education

Making Sure McCleary Meets the Educational Needs...

This 2014 policy brief provides background on the McCleary vs. State lawsuit and emphasizes that changes made only to the education system (and not social service system) threatens to widen the achievement gap for low-income and poor students.
Brief May 15, 2015
Visitation

Family Time Visitation in the Child Welfare System

This 2014 policy brief provides background on visitation for parents and their children in foster care, an overview of research findings on visitation and policy recommendations for visitation.
Brief May 15, 2015
Investigations & Assessments

Implementation of Family Assessment Response

This 2015 policy brief provides an update on the implementation of Family Assessment Response (FAR) in Washington State.
Brief May 15, 2015

Featured Report

The Annual Report helps Washington better understand how children served by the state child welfare system are faring in the areas of safety, permanency, and well-being & education.

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