Resources Available to Families
Training & Other Resources
Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence - The Alliance has expanded training opportunities, increased funding, and lifted the burden of training management from DCYF so that it can focus on its core mission: providing services to vulnerable children and families.
North American Counsel on Adoptable Children (NACAC) - NACAC supports, educates, inspires, and advocates so adoptive families thrive and every child in foster care has a permanent, safe, loving family.
Washington Information Network 2-1-1 - Search an online directory of health and human service programs to find resources like food banks (food pantries), emergency shelters, transportation, health clinics, rent or utilities assistance, legal help, and many more.
Health Care & Medical
- Telephone: 1-844-354-9876
Foster Care and Adoption Support (FCAS) Medicaid Customer Service
- Telephone: 1-800-562-3022 ext. 15480
- Premium Payment Program - The Premium Payment Program provides reimbursement for private health insurance coverage when an Apple Health (Medicaid) client can access private health insurance coverage, such as through an employer or private policy.
- Transportation Services (non-emergency) - The Health Care Authority (HCA) covers non-emergency transportation for eligible clients to and from covered health care services through transportation brokers. The most common types of transportation available include public buses, taxis, wheelchair vans, airplanes, gas vouchers, ferry tickets, and reimbursement for vehicle mileage.
Mental & Behavioral Health
- Mental Health Crisis Lines by County
- Wraparound with Intensive Services (WISe) - Wraparound with Intensive Services, or WISe, is an approach to helping Medicaid-eligible children, youth, and their families with intensive mental health care. Services are available in home and community settings and offer a system of care based on the individualized need of the child or youth. WISe is a voluntary service that takes a team approach to support you and your family in meeting your goals.
Children's Long-term Inpatient Program (CLIP) - CLIP is the most intensive inpatient psychiatric treatment available to WA State residents ages 5-18.
- Telephone: 1-800-273-8255
Washington Recovery Helpline (24-hour help for substance abuse, problem gambling, and mental health)
- Telephone: 1-866-789-1511
National Alliance for Mental Health (NAMI) - NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
Evidence-Based Practices (Adoption Support EBP Pre-Authorization)
Developmental Disabilities Administration - People with developmental disabilities and their families are valued citizens of the state of Washington. The Developmental Disabilities Administration strives to develop and implement public policies that will promote individual worth, self-respect, and dignity such that each individual is valued as a contributing member of the community.
Social Security Administration - Social Security has provided financial protection for our nation's people for over 80 years. Social Security is one of the most successful anti-poverty programs in our nation's history.
The Arc Washington State - The Arc of Washington State advocates for quality services and necessary funding to meet the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, including birth to three services, special education, employment, residential supports, health care, transportation, respite, and inclusion in the community.
Childcare & Preschool
Working Connections Child Care - Working Connections Child Care (WCCC) helps eligible families pay for childcare. When a family qualifies for childcare subsidy benefits and chooses an eligible provider, the state pays a portion of the cost of childcare. Parents may be responsible for a copayment to their provider each month.
Child Care Assistance Program - The Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) helps families living within Seattle city limits who have with a parent working or attending school to pay for childcare for children one month to 12 years of age.
King County Child Care Financial Assistance Program - King County has allocated $7 million of its federal ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funding to support King County families with the cost of their childcare. Eligible families may receive financial assistance to pay for their childcare at eligible providers.
- ECEAP (pronounced "E-Cap") is the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program funded by Washington State for children 3 and 4.
- Head Start is funded by the federal government for children ages 3 and 4 and, in some locations, for pregnant women and children birth to age 3.
Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction - OSPI is the primary agency charged with overseeing public K–12 education in Washington state. Working with the state's 295 public school districts and six state-tribal education compact schools, OSPI allocates funding and provides tools, resources, and technical assistance, so every student in Washington is provided a high-quality public education.
Treehouse - Treehouse envisions and strives to create a world where every child that has experienced foster care has the opportunities and support they need to pursue their dreams and launch successfully into adulthood.
Foster Youth Services - Information about services and supports youth who were previously in foster care may qualify for.
Team Child - TeamChild breaks the cycle of arrest and detention for Washington state's most vulnerable youth, providing young people with the support they need.
Family Research Resources
Washington Adoptive Reunion Movement (WARM) - WARM is a non-profit organization dedicated to reuniting families separated by adoption. We serve adoptees, birth family members, and adoptive families.