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

From the Blog

Latest 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