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.
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.
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.
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.
Intercultural Children & Family Services works toward the elimination of disparate treatment and disproportional representation of children of color in the Washington State foster care system while supporting our children and the families that care for them.

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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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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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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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.
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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, or click here for more information.
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.