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.

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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.
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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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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.

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.
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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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Olive Crest foster care serves children in the foster care system 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, the Olive Crest Foster Care team works to connect them with Olive Crest adoptive families.

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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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.

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.