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 a 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

Mental Health

Children's Mental Health

This 2016 brief provides key facts on mental health issues related to children - how many are affected, how many receive the care they need, what level of mental health coverage is available, and more.
Brief Jan 25, 2016
Foster Care

Family Visitation in the Child Welfare System

This updated 2016 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 Jan 14, 2016
State Policy

A Separate Children's Department in...

This 2016 policy brief provides an overview of why creating a separate Children's Department in Washington State would be a better way to serve children and families.
Brief Jan 01, 2016
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

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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