State & Private Agencies

Child welfare in Washington State has been done by churches, charities and agencies for over one hundred years. As state government has become more involved in concerns for children they have developed contracts with private agencies to help them meet the growing demand of homes for the children in their care. The state sets requirements and licenses both state and private agency foster homes.

Today, children enter foster care through the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF). The state then contacts state foster parents and private agencies for the placement of the children in foster homes. The agency matches children to foster homes within their agency. Private agencies often specialize in certain types of children, provide case managers and offer other services to foster children and foster parents.

Questions to Help You Select an Agency

1. What geographic areas do they serve?
2. How long have they been an agency?
3. What services do they offer?
4. Do they specialize in specific types of care?
5. Do they have support counselors or case aides?
6. How many case managers do they have?

7. What is the case manager to child ratio?
8. What is the education/experience of their case managers?
9. How many licensed foster care homes do they serve?
10. Are their case managers on call 24/7?
11. How long will it take to get licensed?
12. Do they do adoptions also? If so, what is the fee structure?

 

Private Agency Directory Western Washington

 

 


 


Region 3

Whatcom, Island, Skagit, San Juan and Snohomish County

Amara

Amara works to ensure that every child in foster care has the love and support of a committed family – as quickly as possible, and for as long as each child needs. We focus on the well-being of children as they enter, experience, and transition out of foster care. Amara is an open an affirming agency, welcoming and actively seeking a diverse pool of foster families in regards to marital status, race, religion, political beliefs, gender identity, or sexual orientation. With offices in Seattle and Tacoma, Amara serves more than 1,500 children and adults every year through three programs: Emergency Sanctuary, Foster & Adopt, and Post-Adoption.

 

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Bethany Christian Services’ goal is to provide stability for foster children by providing stable loving families to care for them. Families who work with Bethany Christian Services will be prepared to take foster care placement of children who have a dual plan of return home and adoption. Families willing to take on a legal risk will be supported in working towards reunification with birth families while at the same time making a long term commitment to a child or sibling group.

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Catholic Community Services has been providing foster care services for over 80 years throughout Western Washington. During the licensing process, they specialize in assessing talents, skills and desires of each family to ensure the best possible match of children with your family.


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Community and Family Services Foundation (CFSF) exists to grow and support foster parents, the children in their homes and the foster care community. They strive to make appropriate, lasting placements and move children toward permanency in a ‘forever home’, be it with their birth parents or a foster/adoptive family.

DCYF works with children and families to identify their needs and develop a plan for services which support families and assure safety and well-being for children. These services are designed to reduce the risk of abuse, find safe alternatives to out-of-home placement, and assure safety and permanency for children in care.
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Hand in Hand licenses short term foster homes to care for and assess the needs of children entering the foster system for the first time. This allows social workers time to find the right long term home the first time rather than shopping for an empty bed.

LCSNW
Lutheran Community Services Northwest (LCSNW) offers two unique paths to becoming a foster parent for families in King and Snohomish Counties: FamilyBuilders for Foster-Adopt and Refugees Northwest Foster Care. FamilyBuilders Foster-Adopt licenses, trains, and offers one-on-one support to parents as they become a source of stability, safety, and love for children in need. Find out more at Find out more. Refugees Northwest Foster Care (formerly the Refugee & Immigrant Children’s Program) licenses, trains, and supports parents as they welcome refugee and immigrant teens who have been forced to flee their home country and are without an adult to care for them. Find out more at Find out more.
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It is the mission of Lummi Children Services to provide a continuum of culturally relevant support services to children and families of the Lummi Nation in the area of foster care, alternative parental care, and intervention/prevention. For more information call (360) 384-2324.
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Olive Crest is a faith based organization and our foster care program serves children by recruiting, training, certifying, and supporting Christian foster families. Our goal is to provide excellent care for children until they can be safely returned to their families. For those children not able to return home or to a relative the Olive Crest Foster Care team works with their foster family to identify and provide a permanent family.  Olive Crest serves children and families from 3 office locations: Bellevue, Tacoma and Silverdale.  We work to support each foster family through training, support groups, post adoption support and building a community where families can learn and gain support from each other.

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Secret Harbor has been supporting youth in our community for over 40 years. They offer personalized and intensive in-home supports for their foster families and youth, ages 6 and over, in their care.
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Service Alternative Service Alternative licenses families all over Washington State for Regular, Specialized, Assessment and Therapeutic  foster care to children ages 0 thru 17 years old.  We also license families to support kids for respite and foster-adopt.  With any level of care, SA Inc. offers tailored support and services to help the family and child achieve success.
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Skookum Kids In our program Skookum Parents, we recruit, train, and conduct home-studies for families hoping to become foster parents with an eye toward alleviating our community’s acute shortage of respite care providers.

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Youthnet wants their families to know that once a child is placed in your home, it is their goal to provide care for the entire family. Their case managers are committed to their foster/adoptive families, and provide ongoing case management and support.
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YMCA The YMCA team of traditional, respite and therapeutic foster parents and staff provide a bridge to nurturing, permanent homes by offering not only a safe and loving foster home, but also individualized support and intervention based on the unique needs of each child (ages 0-21) and family. YMCA foster homes are located in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties. The Y has been serving children and families since 1987.

EmberHope is the governing agency for the Youthville Foster Care program.   Youthville Foster Care currently licenses and supports foster homes in Kansas, Texas, and Washington and is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, faith based agency .  The Washington program has an office in Marysville and a work space in Seattle.  Youthville Foster Care is an inclusive program that welcomes a diverse range of families. Staff provide education, referrals, direct support, fellowship opportunities, and emergency response services.  Caregivers can foster children from birth to extended foster care.

Place Called Hope LogoA Place Called Hope licenses foster homes in the following areas of service: regular foster care, medically fragile foster care, respite care, foster-to-adopt, therapeutic foster care, and adoption for children aged birth through 17 years. Their trained social service workers provide ongoing support to their families and the children in their care through regular visits and an on-call system that makes services available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. In addition, agency staff members compile comprehensive treatment plans, monthly reports and referrals for outside services if necessary.

 

Region 4

King County

Amara
Amara works to ensure that every child in foster care has the love and support of a committed family – as quickly as possible, and for as long as each child needs. We focus on the well-being of children as they enter, experience, and transition out of foster care. Amara is an open an affirming agency, welcoming and actively seeking a diverse pool of foster families in regards to marital status, race, religion, political beliefs, gender identity, or sexual orientation. With offices in Seattle and Tacoma, Amara serves more than 1,500 children and adults every year through three programs: Emergency Sanctuary, Foster & Adopt, and Post-Adoption.
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Bethany Christian Services’ goal is to provide stability for foster children by providing stable loving families to care for them. Families who work with Bethany Christian Services will be prepared to take foster care placement of children who have a dual plan of return home and adoption. Families willing to take on a legal risk will be supported in working towards reunification with birth families while at the same time making a long term commitment to a child or sibling group.
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Casey Family Programs
serves children and youth ages 11 to 18 throughout Washington State. Because older youth are often self-sufficient with their own interests and activities, they may not be looking for a mom or dad, but rather a life coach or a mentor who can help them navigate their adolescence.

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Catholic Community Services has been providing foster care services for over 80 years throughout Western Washington. During the licensing process, they specialize in assessing talents, skills and desires of each family to ensure the best possible match of children with your family.
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The City Church has launched its own foster care agency; City Ministries Child Placement Agency, to help meet the needs of children in the State of Washington and in particular King County. They provide licensing, child placement, training, case management and support services to participants in their program. While some of their foster parents will move into the Rose Hill Cottages and have a lease agreement with City Ministries for one of the cottages, most will choose to remain where they are currently living.
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Community and Family Services Foundation (CFSF) exists to grow and support foster parents, the children in their homes and the foster care community. They strive to make appropriate, lasting placements and move children toward permanency in a ‘forever home’, be it with their birth parents or a foster/adoptive family.


DCYF works with children and families to identify their needs and develop a plan for services which support families and assure safety and well-being for children. These services are designed to reduce the risk of abuse, find safe alternatives to out-of-home placement, and assure safety and permanency for children in care.
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Friends of Youth provides therapeutic and loving homes to assist youth in foster care. The foster parent is a valuable part of the treatment team, which will assist the foster youth in preparation for adulthood, meet their goals, and secure safe and stable housing toward permanency. Our wraparound approach provides case management, case aides and support to the foster parents as well.

 


LCSNW
Lutheran Community Services Northwest (LCSNW) offers two unique paths to becoming a foster parent for families in King and Snohomish Counties: FamilyBuilders for Foster-Adopt and Refugees Northwest Foster Care. FamilyBuilders for Foster-Adopt licenses, trains, and offers one-on-one support to parents as they become a source of stability, safety, and love for children in need. Find out more at Find out more. Refugees Northwest Foster Care (formerly the Refugee & Immigrant Children’s Program) licenses, trains, and supports parents as they welcome refugee and immigrant teens who have been forced to flee their home country and are without an adult to care for them. Find out more at Find out more.

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Muckleshoot Child and Family Services is committed to empowering families to maintain a safe and nurturing environment for their children. They offer preventative in-home support services to stabilize families, alternative out-of-home placement, foster parent licensing, and assistance to relative caregivers.
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Olive Crest is a faith based organization and our foster care program serves children by recruiting, training, certifying, and supporting Christian foster families. Our goal is to provide excellent care for children until they can be safely returned to their families. For those children not able to return home or to a relative the Olive Crest Foster Care team works with their foster family to identify and provide a permanent family.  Olive Crest serves children and families from 3 office locations: Bellevue, Tacoma and Silverdale.  We work to support each foster family through training, support groups, post adoption support and building a community where families can learn and gain support from each other.

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Puyallup Tribe’s Children Services licenses home for foster and respite care and are looking for families who are either enrolled Native American or have a letter of dependency to foster Puyallup Tribal children. Non-native applicants can also apply for licensure.

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Ryther’s therapeutic homes provide safe, nurturing care in King County for children who have made progress in their treatment and are in transition to adoptive placements or in reunification with their birth family. They provide you a case manager who is your point person as well as your advocate, liaison and overall coordinator.
service alternatives
Service Alternatives Inc licenses families all over Washington State for Regular, Specialized, Assessment and Therapeutic foster care to children ages 0 thru 17 years old. We also license families to support kids for respite and foster-adopt. With any level of care, SA Inc. offers tailored support and services to help the family and child achieve success.

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Sound Mental Health’s team approach unites all the significant people in a youth’s life to assess needs and design an individual plan to understand issues, enhance communication and provide ongoing support in King County. Parents receive training opportunities, accessible staff, a supportive community and respite.

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United Indians of All Tribes
assists future foster parents as they navigate through the licensing process. They guide prospective parents through the necessary training’s and paperwork, and provide ongoing support. For more information, contact Lynnette Jordan, ICW Manager at ljordan@unitedindians.org, or click here for more information.
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YMCA The YMCA team of traditional, respite and therapeutic foster parents and staff provide a bridge to nurturing, permanent homes by offering not only a safe and loving foster home, but also individualized support and intervention based on the unique needs of each child (ages 0-21) and family. YMCA foster homes are located in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties. The Y has been serving children and families since 1987.

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Youthnet wants their families to know that once a child is placed in your home, it is their goal to provide care for the entire family. Their case managers are committed to their foster/adoptive families, and provide ongoing case management and support.


EmberHope is the governing agency for the Youthville Foster Care program.   Youthville Foster Care currently licenses and supports foster homes in Kansas, Texas, and Washington and is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, faith based agency .  The Washington program has an office in Marysville and a workspace in Seattle.  Youthville Foster Care is an inclusive program that welcomes a diverse range of families. Staff provide education, referrals, direct support, fellowship opportunities, and emergency response services.  Caregivers can foster children from birth to extended foster care.
Place Called Hope LogoA Place Called Hope licenses foster homes in the following areas of service: regular foster care, medically fragile foster care, respite care, foster-to-adopt, therapeutic foster care, and adoption for children aged birth through 17 years. Their trained social service workers provide ongoing support to their families and the children in their care through regular visits and an on-call system that makes services available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. In addition, agency staff members compile comprehensive treatment plans, monthly reports and referrals for outside services if necessary.

Region 5

Pierce and Kitsap County

Amara

Amara works to ensure that every child in foster care has the love and support of a committed family – as quickly as possible, and for as long as each child needs. We focus on the well-being of children as they enter, experience, and transition out of foster care. Amara is an open an affirming agency, welcoming and actively seeking a diverse pool of foster families in regards to marital status, race, religion, political beliefs, gender identity, or sexual orientation. With offices in Seattle anhttp://www.amaraparenting.org/foster-care-ads-we-serve/d Tacoma, Amara serves more than 1,500 children and adults every year through three programs: Emergency Sanctuary, Foster & Adopt, and Post-Adoption.

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A Place Called Hope licenses foster homes in the following areas of service: regular foster care, medically fragile foster care, respite care, foster-to-adopt, therapeutic foster care, and adoption for children aged birth through 17 years. Their trained social service workers provide ongoing support to their families and the children in their care through regular visits and an on-call system that makes services available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. In addition, agency staff members compile comprehensive treatment plans, monthly reports and referrals for outside services if necessary.

Bethany LogoBethany Christian Services’ goal is to provide stability for foster children by providing stable loving families to care for them. Families who work with Bethany Christian Services will be prepared to take foster care placement of children who have a dual plan of return home and adoption. Families willing to take on a legal risk will be supported in working towards reunification with birth families while at the same time making a long term commitment to a child or sibling group.

CCS LogoCatholic Community Services has been providing foster care services for over 80 years throughout Western Washington. During the licensing process, they specialize in assessing talents, skills and desires of each family to ensure the best possible match of children with your family.
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Community and Family Services Foundation (CFSF) exists to grow and support foster parents, the children in their homes and the foster care community. They strive to make appropriate, lasting placements and move children toward permanency in a ‘forever home’, be it with their birth parents or a foster/adoptive family.

DCYF works with children and families to identify their needs and develop a plan for services which support families and assure safety and well-being for children. These services are designed to reduce the risk of abuse, find safe alternatives to out-of-home placement, and assure safety and permanency for children in care.

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Intensive Children’s Services offers a supportive environment for foster children ages 6-18 to succeed through treatment foster care. This program serves foster families and children in Kitsap, Mason and Jefferson counties by recruiting, training and licensing their own foster families. Children with specific emotional and behavioral problems are placed in homes with foster parents specifically trained and supported to help youth heal. Foster parents and children alike benefit from this program that features a therapist on staff and a team approach that wraps services around the child to help youth heal from the abuses they have suffered.
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Lorene’s Place II Child Placement Agency Lorene’s Place II (LPII) is a multicultural organization filling a void and working with a non-discriminatory fashion within a diverse community of children from all walks of life, creed, religious background, race, national origin, and more.
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Olive Crest is a faith based organization and our foster care program serves children by recruiting, training, certifying, and supporting Christian foster families. Our goal is to provide excellent care for children until they can be safely returned to their families. For those children not able to return home or to a relative the Olive Crest Foster Care team works with their foster family to identify and provide a permanent family.  Olive Crest serves children and families from 3 office locations: Bellevue, Tacoma and Silverdale.  We work to support each foster family through training, support groups, post adoption support and building a community where families can learn and gain support from each other.  


Pierce County Alliance has been operating for over 20 years, licensing foster homes and providing case management support services for the youth. The program licenses foster homes for children from birth through age 21 who have been placed in foster care. All Pierce County Alliance foster homes are assigned a professional and caring case manager who coordinates services, accesses community resources, advocates for the needs of the foster children and foster home and provides on-going training and support to the families. We also provide a 24 hour crisis phone for our foster families.
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Puyallup Tribe’s Children Services licenses home for foster and respite care and are looking for families who are either enrolled Native American or have a letter of dependency to foster Puyallup Tribal children. Non-native applicants can also apply for licensure.
service alternatives
Service Alternatives Inc licenses families all over Washington State for Regular, Specialized, Assessment and Therapeutic foster care to children ages 0 thru 17 years old. We also license families to support kids for respite and foster-adopt. With any level of care, SA Inc. offers tailored support and services to help the family and child achieve success.

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YMCA The YMCA team of traditional, respite and therapeutic foster parents and staff provide a bridge to nurturing, permanent homes by offering not only a safe and loving foster home, but also individualized support and intervention based on the unique needs of each child (ages 0-21) and family. YMCA foster homes are located in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties. The Y has been serving children and families since 1987.

 

Region 6

Clark, Clallam, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Kitsap, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, Skamania, Thurston, Wahkiakum

Place Called Hope Logo
A Place Called Hope licenses foster homes in the following areas of service: regular foster care, medically fragile foster care, respite care, foster-to-adopt, therapeutic foster care, and adoption for children aged birth through 17 years. Their trained social service workers provide ongoing support to their families and the children in their care through regular visits and an on-call system that makes services available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. In addition, agency staff members compile comprehensive treatment plans, monthly reports and referrals for outside services if necessary.
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Catholic Community Services has been providing foster care services for over 80 years throughout Western Washington. During the licensing process, they specialize in assessing talents, skills and desires of each family to ensure the best possible match of children with your family.

DCYF works with children and families to identify their needs and develop a plan for services which support families and assure safety and well-being for children. These services are designed to reduce the risk of abuse, find safe alternatives to out-of-home placement, and assure safety and permanency for children in care.

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Community and Family Services Foundation (CFSF) exists to grow and support foster parents, the children in their homes and the foster care community. They strive to make appropriate, lasting placements and move children toward permanency in a ‘forever home’, be it with their birth parents or a foster/adoptive family.
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Community Youth Services provides Therapeutic Foster Care Services for youth who are 8 – 18 years old and are referred by Washington State’s Division of Children & Family Services. The program utilizes a multi-systemic treatment team approach to provide intensive home-, community- and school-based services designed to ensure placement stability, improve school functioning, decrease behavioral challenges, increase pro-social skills and improve mental health. The program also recruits, trains, and licenses its own foster parents.
 KitsapMHS Logo
Intensive Children’s Services offers a supportive environment for foster children ages 6-18 to succeed through treatment foster care. This program serves foster families and children in Kitsap, Mason and Jefferson counties by recruiting, training and licensing their own foster families. Children with specific emotional and behavioral problems are placed in homes with foster parents specifically trained and supported to help youth heal. Foster parents and children alike benefit from this program that features a therapist on staff and a team approach that wraps services around the child to help youth heal from the abuses they have suffered.

Olive Crest Logo
Olive Crest is a faith based organization and our foster care program serves children by recruiting, training, certifying, and supporting Christian foster families. Our goal is to provide excellent care for children until they can be safely returned to their families. For those children not able to return home or to a relative the Olive Crest Foster Care team works with their foster family to identify and provide a permanent family.  Olive Crest serves children and families from 3 office locations: Bellevue, Tacoma and Silverdale.  We work to support each foster family through training, support groups, post adoption support and building a community where families can learn and gain support from each other.    

Pierce County Alliance has been operating for over 20 years, licensing foster homes and providing case management support services for the youth. The program licenses foster homes for children from birth through age 21 who have been placed in foster care. All Pierce County Alliance foster homes are assigned a professional and caring case manager who coordinates services, accesses community resources, advocates for the needs of the foster children and foster home and provides on-going training and support to the families. We also provide a 24 hour crisis phone for our foster families.

service alternatives
Service Alternatives Inc licenses families all over Washington State for Regular, Specialized, Assessment and Therapeutic foster care to children ages 0 thru 17 years old. We also license families to support kids for respite and foster-adopt. With any level of care, SA Inc. offers tailored support and services to help the family and child achieve success.

South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency (SPIPA) constantly recruits for new foster home through outreach activities. Interested parents receive training and assistance with becoming licensed homes.
The Mullen-Polk Foundation
The Mullen-Polk Foundation reaches out across Washington State and the nation to help children who are the victims of neglect, abuse, and abandonment. Our focus is to provide services for all children and families involved in the foster care system. We are licensed by the State of Washington as a child placing agency for family foster care, therapeutic foster care, and adoptions.

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YMCA Foster Parents are part of a treatment team within a caring community in King, Snohomish, Pierce and Thurston counties. The Y provides foster parents with the training they need to open their homes to a youth and their mental health professionals will see that every child, youth and family receives the specialized services they need.