The Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) works in partnership with two entities to provide caregiver recruitment and retention services to prospective foster parents, current foster parents and kinship caregivers in all areas of Washington. Our goals are to:
- Recruit and retain safe, quality caregivers to meet the diverse needs of children and youth placed in out-of-home care, and
- Provide support to all foster parent and kinship caregivers in Washington State.
Prospective caregivers are welcome to license through either DCYF’s Licensing Division, or any private child placing agency licensed in Washington. Our recruitment partners serve all families, regardless of where they choose to become licensed.
Call 1-877-620-5748 or visit https://inside.ewu.edu/fosteringwa/ for more information.
Call 1-866-958-KIDS or visit www.fosteringtogether.org for more information.
All supports are designed with our caregivers in mind. We want to help you connect with other caregivers, obtain additional training, and find answers to questions. Both Olive Crest and Eastern Washington University offer information and referral services to foster parents and kinship caregivers. The regional liaisons or RPMs also help resolve issues caregivers may experience in their local area.
The Liaisons or RPMs provide information, help and guidance for you from your first inquiry, through training, and throughout the licensing process. Liaisons and RPMs both answer questions and share helpful information during your foster care journey. They offer:
- Support at your first placement
- Support groups , (some with training hours available and some provide a meal and / or child care)
- On-line Facebook groups
To find the liaison or RPM in your area, please use the above mentioned contact information and reach out.