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June 4, 2014
Wagners Bakery Supports Foster Care Recruitment and Camp To Belong with Cookie Sale During June

June 4, 2014
Mileage Reimbursement Reminder
Caregivers, it's time to submit your Monthly Mileage form to the Children's Administration social worker for March 2014. Your form must be turned in within 3 calendar months from the last day of the month your first travel took place. This means that your March 2014 mileage must be submitted on or before June 30th. If you have questions about allowable mileage use this link http://www.dshs.wa.gov/pdf/ms/forms/07_090.pdf. Please remember, CA does not reimburse for mileage over 90 days old.
Travel for June is an exception because June mileage must be submitted within two (2) calendar months to allow CA to close out the fiscal year. We will provide a specific reminder in June.

May 15, 2014
Jennifer Strus, CA Assistant Secretary sends her thanks to foster parents and relative caregivers during May. Read the letter...

May 15, 2014
Governor's Proclamation
Please read Governor Inslee's Foster Care Month Proclamation recognizing the significant contributions of foster parents and relative caregivers across the state.

May 5, 2014

May is Foster Care Month
In Washington State, DSHS helps children find safe, out-of-home care when they need it. You can help by becoming a foster parent.

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

June 13, 2013
Foster Parent Survey
Between April 2012 and August 2012, the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) surveyed 1,371 foster parents who had a child in care on February 13, 2012 or May 15, 2012. Read more...

June 3, 2013
Retirees who choose to adopt
This video chronicles "baby boomers" who are just retiring. Surprisingly, they are making a choice to add to their family by adopting teenage foster children who are aging out of care. Watch the video...

May 8, 2013
Governor Jay Inslee has declared May as Foster Care Month and May 15 as Kinship Caregiver Day. Thank you to all relative caregivers and foster parents for the love and dedication you give to the children in your care! Please take a moment to read the proclamations signed by Washington's Governor:

Foster Care Month

Kinship Caregiver Day

April 24, 2013
5th Annual Camp To Belong
The fifth annual Camp To Belong Washington will be held August 12 - 17, 2013 at Miracle Ranch, Port Orchard, Washington. Read more...

February 11, 2013
Travel Policy
With spring break fast approaching, it's important for all caregivers to understand the Travel Policy of Children's Administration. Read more...

July 20, 2012
Information About Immunizations for Adults and Children

June 27, 2012

Health Care Coverage Information
Children in out-of-home care now have the option to enroll in a managed care plan:

Medical information for caregivers

Q&A for Social Workers and Caregivers

June 19, 2012
The Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a great resource for parents caring for foster children under the age of five and all foster youth who are pregnant. Relatives caring for children who are dependents of the state also are eligible for the program. Many relatives caring for children who are not dependents also are eligible, depending on income. Get more information about the WIC program.

May 12, 2012
Urgent Update on Whooping Cough to All Foster Parents

May 7, 2012
Important Notice to All Foster Parents and Relative Caregivers
Governor Gregoire announced Washington has declared the outbreak of Whooping Cough (Pertussis) an epidemic, with more than 1,100 cases reported in the state so far. Please read this Important Notice to All Foster Parents and Relative Caregivers.

May 1, 2012
May is National Foster Care Month
Read the letter from Denise Revels Robinson, Assistant Secretary, Children's Administration

April 26, 2012
You may be called for the Foster Parent Survey. Read more...

February 10, 2012
Adoption Tax Credit Awareness Day
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, the North American Council on Adoptable Children and the National Resource Centers are forwarding information to states to help support the Adoption Tax Credit Awareness Day, set for Monday, February 13th. Please help us distribute information to families in your area who have adopted. Read more...

January 2, 2012
New information on policies about mandated reporting of child abuse and neglect are available. Please go here: http://www.dshs.wa.gov/ca/safety/abuseReport.asp?2