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 Children’s Administration. 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

There are many Private Agencies who offer Licensing and Placement Services to families throughout your Region. Below is a list of Private Agencies in your region. As we identify more, we will be adding them to this site.


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.

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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Children’s Administration 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.

Lutheran Community Services Northwest (LCSNW) offers two unique paths to becoming a foster parent for families in King and Snohomish Counties: Permanency Planning Foster-Adopt and Refugees Northwest Foster Care. Permanency Planning 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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Since 1973, Olive Crest has partnered with families throughout Washington State to transform the lives of over 60,000 abused, neglected, and at-risk children and their families by working to meet the individual needs of kids in crisis by providing safe homes, counseling, and education for families.

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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.
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.