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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Child Welfare Fast Facts

  1. In 2017, approximately 8,800 children lived in out-of- home care.
  2. Nearly 51% of children who entered out-of- home care were under five years of age.
  3. 57% of children were reunified with parent(s) within three years of entering out-of- home care.
  4. Half of all children who entered out-of- home care in 2014, exited within 15 to 18 months.

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Current Projects


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.

Data Portal

The Data Portal provides access to data about children and families who interact with the child welfare system in Washington state.


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

Latest Briefs and Reports

Federal policy


On November 1, 2019, the Trump Administration issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would enable Health and Human Services grantees, including Child Placing Agencies, to discriminate against individuals on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. An immediate Notice of Nonenforcement of current protections was issued along with the proposed rule. The passage of this rule has the potential to reduce significantly the number of licensed foster and adoptive homes available and limit significantly the placement of LGBTQ+ children in homes affirming their identity. Public comment is accepted on the Federal Register until 12/19/19.
Brief Dec 04, 2019
Child welfare

The Indian Child Welfare Act: The Gold Standard...

Want to learn more about The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)? We are pleased to share this research brief about ICWA, the impact of the law on reducing the number of American Indian/Alaskan Native (AIAN) Children placed in out-of-home care across the United States, and remaining disparities . To ensure we continue to improve well-being outcomes for AIAN children, a full commitment is required to implement the law as it stands.
Brief Jul 16, 2019
State policy

Partners for Our Children 2019 state policy...

Partners for Our Children is pleased to share our 2019 state policy priorities
Brief Jan 09, 2019
Budget & revenue

Children, Youth & Families in the Current...

This budget comparison was updated on April 13, 2017 and it looks at a number of items related to children, youth and families in the three different budget proposals: the Governor's, the Senate and the House.
Brief Apr 19, 2017

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