Have a Heart for Kids Day rally, 2015

Foster Care

Learn, Love, Lead! e-mail series

In our Learn, Love, Lead! email series, we show what we can do together to protect and support Washington's children from new federal threats. Each week, we provide a resource you can learn from and share, or an action you can take to be the leader kids are counting on.

Department of Children, Youth & Families: an Historic Opportunity to Improve Kids’ Lives

The creation of a consolidated Department of Children, Youth and Families is an historic opportunity to improve outcomes for all children, especially those who face barriers to their healthy development and learning.

We support the proposal for a Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF), with the following priorities:

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Our Four Priorities for a Department of Children, Youth and Families

The proposal to consolidate programs and services into a Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) in Washington State is a once in a generation opportunity to structure government for positive outcomes for children, youth, and families.

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Our 2017 Legislative Agenda

The Children’s Alliance creates our annual Legislative Agenda with the aid of a racial equity policy analysis, so that our efforts address disparities facing children and families in communities of color.

Early Learning

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Legislative Agenda: 2012 session

Our 2012 legislative agenda calls on lawmakers to:

  • Protect Apple Health for Kids and State Food Assistance;
  • Reject further budget cuts that hurt low-income families and children of color;
  • Improve health with a licensed dental practitioner;
  • Close the opportunity gap with early learning;
  • Raise revenue to protect our future.

Download and print our 2012 legislative agenda.

The State of Washington's Children

The State of Washington’s Children 2012 is a broad review of how Washington’s 1.5 million kids are faring in tough times. The report is issued by KIDS COUNT in Washington, a new partnership between Children’s Alliance and the Washington State Budget & Policy Center.

Read the report.

Protecting Kids in Tough Times: Our Work in the 2011 Legislative Session

The 2011 legislative session had far-reaching consequences for the public systems and services we all rely on. Lawmakers made decisions that dimmed the prospect of a brighter future for our children. Yet thanks to smart and persistent advocacy by the Children’s Alliance and our partners, some vital services for kids were protected.

Together with families and allies across the state, we preserved health care, child care and anti-hunger programs that continue to make a difference in the well being of Washington’s children.

To learn more about our work this session, watch this short slideshow on what we accomplished:

Press Release: Thousands lose income assistance today

Today the Department of Social and Health Services stops the payment of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to more than 5,000 families raising approximately 10,000 children across the state.

“Today is a sad day for the state of Washington,” says Children’s Alliance Deputy Director Jon Gould. “The recession has already pushed 40,000 of Washington’s children into poverty. Now, one of the public structures that helps families survive hard times is being dismantled when it is needed most.”

Kids are Always Essential Stories

In July 2010 Washington state Governor Gregoire posed eight questions - including "What services are essential?" Children's Alliance members responded with these stories about why kids are always essential.

Click to zoom in on the storybook. You can browse a story – and you can still add your own.

MEDIA RELEASE: Senate, house budgets raise much-needed revenue

 

Senate and House lawmakers have rightly proposed budgets that raise substantial new revenue to protect some of the vital services that are helping children and families weather this punishing recession. But more revenue is needed to prevent devastating cuts to safety-net programs that, if enacted, would hurt families and pose serious threats to our state’s economic recovery.

We're in the News: Kids' health care in danger

The Spokesman Review published an article about dramatic cuts being proposed to the successful Apple Health for Kids program. Children's Alliance Deputy Director Jon Gould was quoted:

2009 Legislative Agenda

The Children's Alliance 2009 Legislative Agenda lays out our top priorities in this tough legislative session.

Fact Sheet: Foster Care

Washington State’s foster care system is currently subject to improvements mandated by the settlement of a class-action lawsuit filed in 1998. Under the direction of an outside panel (the Braam Oversight Panel) created in 2004, the state must meet agreed-upon benchmarks for improving placement stability, mental health services, foster parent training and information, safety and appropriateness of foster care placements, sibling separation and services to adolescents. Click on the attached fact sheet for more information about foster care in Washington.