Working to transform the child welfare system.


Child welfare, Foster care, Poverty, State policy

The Impact of Poverty on Children and Families (2023 update)

KEY TAKEAWAY 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.

Child welfare

Strive two-pager overview, October 2021

Strive Overview: Partners for Our Children (P4C) at the University of Washington has been working in close collaboration, since 2014, with the Washington State Department of Children Youth and Families (DCYF), and over 100 stakeholders to develop and test the Strive Supervised Family Time program. Strive is a parent education and support program that aims to engage parents in the visitation process, assist parents in preparing for high quality family time with their children, and promote child safety.

Child welfare

Strengthening Family Connection for Incarcerated Parents

More than 50% of incarcerated people are parents at-risk of permanently losing parental rights. Federal policy (TPR) has inequitable impacts on Black, Indigenous, and other POC, low-income families, and women. The brief outlines recommendations.

Foster care

Foster care alum who lived in group homes could benefit from systems change

New brief from Think of Us and PFC documents experiences of foster care alumni who have lived in group homes and their experiences including lower degrees of well-being and greater barriers to college access and completion of higher education programs, all made worse from the impact of the pandemic. Specific recommendations are outlined in the brief.


The Multi-Ethnic Placement Act (MEPA) needs reform to reduce racial inequities in foster care and adoption

MEPA prevents consideration of children’s race and culture at placement, resulting in many White families adopting transracially without adequate training

Child welfare, LGBTQ2S+

Federal opportunites for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) youth impacted by child welfare

Legislation could be unified at the federal level to ensure that all LGBTQIA+ children, youth, and potential LGBTQIA+ foster and adoptive families are protected from discrimination and have equitable experiences throughout the child welfare process and beyond.