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 2015, there were approximately 8,400 children in out-of-home care in Washington State.
  2. The median length of stay in out-of-home care is 17 months.
  3. In 2015, children with only one sibling were placed together 74% of the time.
  4. 64% of legally free children in care were adopted within one year

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Current Projects

Oliver

Oliver is a new technology solution that will help child welfare and youth/young adult homeless social service providers streamline business processes within their organizations.
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Connecting

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.
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Data Portal

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

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

Mental Health

Children's Mental Health

Providing greater access, early identification, effective and appropriate mental health services to children and youth will help reduce the need for more expensive services, such as emergency rooms and juvenile detention, and better ensure success in school and life.
Brief Feb 08, 2017
Visitation

Family Visitation in the Child Welfare System

Frequent visitation between parents and their children in out-of-home care is linked to improved outcomes. Visitation also represents an untapped and vital opportunity to address child and family needs in order to improve visit quality and potentially receive a greater return on the investments made in visits each year.
Brief Feb 07, 2017
At-Risk Youth

The Impact of Poverty on Children and Families

Policies aimed at reducing childhood poverty can yield positive benefits for Washington in terms of improved individual and family functioning, and increased economic self-sufficiency for future generations.
Brief Jan 25, 2017
System Reform

Creating a new Department of Children, Youth and...

Creating a new department in Washington State will reorganize and support effective programs and services into one agency that specifically serves children, youth and families, with a focus on prevention, well-being and the science of brain development.
Brief Jan 25, 2017

Featured Report

The Annual Report helps Washington better understand how children served by the state child welfare system are faring in the areas of safety, permanency, and well-being & education.

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