Strengthen Families Locally

Share Community Stories. Build Community Voice. Develop Community Plans to Strengthen Families Locally.

Join parents, volunteers, community agencies, schools, tribes, and the Department of Children, Youth and Families in building stronger, healthier communities and families. Strengthen Families Locally aims to increase family resilience, and reduce rates of child maltreatment and entry into foster care in target communities.

DCYF is receiving funding from the Administration for Children, Youth and Families to work with community members in Bremerton, Port Angeles/Sequim, Spokane and Stevens County. We are partnering with community organizations, government, tribes, schools, families, and volunteers in these service areas to design community-driven solutions to prevent child abuse and strengthen community supports for families.

We are prioritizing the voices of families and youth. Strengthen Families Locally is collecting family stories through Sensemaker, an anonymous online tool designed by the University of Kansas Our Tomorrows Story Project.  Stories can focus on successes or challenges faced by families across Washington state. Stories will be reviewed by community partners and used in project planning for Strengthen Families Locally and other DCYF prevention programs. Sharing a story takes 5-10 minutes and you can share as many as you’d like. To view in Spanish, select the language option at the top right corner of the page.

Share a Story

Share a Story to Strengthen Families (flyer)

This project was funded by the Children's Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, under grant #90CA1866. The contents of this website are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Children's Bureau.


DCYF seeks to partner with the community in service areas to:

  1. Reduce rates of child maltreatment
  2. Reduce rates of foster care entry
  3. Eliminate racial disproportionalities in maltreatment and foster care entry
  4. Increase community resilience
  5. Develop a replicable community-driven prevention model

Six Core Principles

Based on past research and best practices for community-driven approaches to child abuse prevention, DCYF is committed to the following principles in Strengthen Families Locally:

  1. Approaches will be strengths-based, culturally appropriate and inclusive
  2. Mobilization will occur at multiple levels, including state government, local government, local non-profits, schools, families, volunteers, tribes, faith communities, etc., and will occur through a variety of means
  3. We will work to develop trust and strengthen shared values
  4. Our work will strengthen community organizations
  5. Teams will develop a continuum of information, services and supports to strengthen families
  6. Communities will target interventions for families with complex and co-occurring risks

Meetings & Events

Spokane Planning Meetings

3rd Monday of each month, 1:00-3:00 PM

Stevens/Ferry Planning Meetings 

1st Wednesday of each month, 1:00-3:00 PM

Bremerton Planning Meetings

2nd Monday of each month, 1:00-3:00 PM

Port Angeles/Sequim Planning Meetings

4th Thursday of each month, 12:30-2:30 PM