Our Work in Child Welfare

Partners for Our Children works to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families in Washington state, especially those touched by the child welfare system. But we can’t do that alone. That’s why we work closely with partners to get the right information into the right hands – those making important decisions about child welfare practice and policy. 

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COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 is circulating in the community, and the situation is rapidly changing.  Our hearts and thoughts go to the people who have been infected or are currently ill with the virus and to the friends and family of those who have died.

At Partners for Our Children, we want to protect your health and the wider community health.  Please stay well and safe.

We know many agencies and organizations are sharing resources. We don’t want to be redundant, but we do want to share a few resources:

University of Washington:

UW COVID-19 Resources

UW Medicine COVID-19


King County:

Public Health – Seattle & King County

Public Health Insider blog



Department of Children, Youth and Families COVID-19

Washington State Department of Health



Children's Bureau COVID-19 resources

Child Welfare League Of America COVID-2019 resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2019 Novel Coronavirus page


Current Projects


Strive is a set of parent support and education programs specifically designed for parents involved in the child welfare system

Foster Care and Education

Data show many students experience less academic success than peers not in foster care

Data Portal

The Data Portal provides access to data about children and families whose lives are impacted by the child welfare system in Washington state


Connecting aims to improve bonds between teens and foster parents, which in turn can make teens less vulnerable to risky behaviors. So far, the program has showed promising results.

From the Blog

Reports and Briefs

Behavioral and/or physical health

Banning the use of restraints on pregnant women...

Currently it is routine practice for officers in nearly half of U.S. corrections institutions to...
Brief Feb 06, 2020
Child welfare

Supporting the Birth Parent and Caregiver...

Entry into the foster care system can be a traumatic experience for children which can have many...
Brief Jan 28, 2020
Behavioral and/or physical health

2020 state legislative priorities

In 2020, Partners for Our Children will promote policies that keep children and relationships at...
Brief Jan 17, 2020