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Caregiver Connection Monthly Newsletter

April 2014

Archives

March 24, 2014
Mileage Reimbursement Reminder
Caregivers, it's time to submit your Monthly Mileage form to the Children's Administration social worker for December 2013. Read more...

February 20, 2014
Your Graco Child Car Seat Maybe Part of this Safety Recall
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Graco Children's Products Inc., have announced a recall of nearly 3.8 million car seats because their harness buckles can become stuck in the closed position with the child in the seat. This problem increases the risk of injury in the event of a vehicle crash, fire, or other emergency, in which a prompt exit from the vehicle is required. This effort is the fourth-largest recall of these products ever. Read more about how to get free replacement buckles.

February 10, 2014
Could you be a foster parent to a deaf or hard of hearing child or youth? Join us in Vancouver to learn more!
Children's Administration and the Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing are partnering to find families interested in becoming foster parents for children who are deaf or hard of hearing who must live in out-of-home care due to abuse or neglect. Please join us Tuesday, March 25th 5:30 -7:30 p.m. at the Washington School for the Blind, Clarke Hall, Room #150, 611 Grand Blvd, Vancouver, WA to learn about the need for foster parents who are deaf or American Sign Language skilled. RSVP by March 18th to Meri Waterhouse of the DSHS Children's Administration at: meri.waterhouse@dshs.wa.gov.

Information about training and licensing requirements will be shared by agency staff. A panel of deaf and hard of hearing foster parents will share their experiences and help answer questions. Everyone is welcome! We will provide sign language interpreters and a hearing loop. To request other accommodations, contact Berle Ross of the DSHS Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at: berle.ross@dshs.wa.gov.

View the Flyer

View the YouTube Invitational Video

Also, watch for our next evening presentation coming to Spokane later this spring!

October 11, 2013
Foster parents for children who are deaf or hard of hearing
Children's Administration and the Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing are partnering to find families interested in becoming foster parents for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Please join us Tuesday, October 29th 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at 1949 W. State St., Room 195 Tacoma, WA to learn about the need for foster parents who are deaf or American Sign Language fluent. Information about training and licensing requirements will be shared by agency staff. A panel of deaf and hard of hearing foster parents will share their experiences and help answer questions. Everyone is welcome! View the flyer

August 28, 2013
Parenting Children Exposed to Trauma
Parenting children exposed to trauma is not always intuitive and requires a higher level of training than many of us have. Here is a resource guide on parenting children exposed to trauma. Read more...

July 24, 2013
Pharmacy Policy and Authorization Process
The state Foster Parent Consultation Team (1624 Team) meets quarterly with the Administration and Management leaders from Children's on a quarterly basis. At the last state meeting the team reviewed material on the Pharmacy Policy and Authorization Process. They requested this material to be posted and made available to all caregivers to assist them in understanding this process:

Pharmacy Policy and Authorization Process

Children's Administration Staff Directories
Get contact information for Children's Administration staff


Foster Parent Support Groups and Liaisons
Connect with foster parent liaisons and support groups


Statewide Foster Parent Recruitment Information Center
For information about becoming a foster parent

Call 1-888-KIDS-414 (1-888-543-7414)

Operated by Northwest Resource Associates

Crisis Support Lines
for Foster Parents & Relative Caregivers

Call your local Children's Office 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Mon - Fri

Call 1-800-301-1868
5:00 pm - 8:00 am Mon - Fri & all weekend hours for Call the Foster Parent & Caregiver Support Line if:

  • A child is acting out and you don't know how to respond to the behavior.
  • You have questions that can't wait until your licensor or the child's social worker is available.
emergencies

Foster Parent Crisis Line FAQ

Call 24 hour Foster Parents Association of Washington State (FPAWS) Line:
1-800-391-CARE or 1-800-391-2273

Call a Washington State Mental Health crisis line for local assistance with a mental health crisis.