Washington organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

Washington organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here.

Children’s Home Society of Washington
Faith Action Network – Washington State
Foster Parent Allies of Washington State
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children
Makah Tribal Council Seniors Program
Makah Tribal Kinship Program
Parent Trust for Washington Children
Partners for Our Children, University of Washington
The Mockingbird Society
Washington Association for Children & Families
Washington State Office of Civil Legal Aid

YMCA of Greater Seattle

Emergency placements of children deemed not safe at home spike in Washington

May 26, 2020, the Spokesman-Review

A growing number of Washington’s foster children spent nights in hotels and state offices in the first three months of the year, and child advocates fear the problem could grow during the coronavirus pandemic.

Social workers had 573 emergency placements in the first quarter of the year, compared to 371 during the same period last year and 212 in 2018, according to the state Office of the Family and Children’s Ombuds, which tracks such placements.

Full article here.

Letter from Secretary Ross Hunter of Washington’s Department of Children, Youth, and Families to Congressional Delegation

In this letter, Sec Hunters outlines recommends areas in need of federal stimulus, including:

  • Social Service Block Grant (SSBG) increase of $100 million for Washington State
  • Resources to serve older youth in Extended Foster Care (EFC)
  • The purchase of concrete goods, such as reliable technology for brth parents, foster parents, caregivers, service providers and others
  • The ability to provide monetary support to kinship caregivers, in both formal and informal care settings, while mitigating the risk of child abuse and neglect.

Read letter here.