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


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


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

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
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

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

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