Our Work in Child Welfare

Partners for Our Children works to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families in Washington state, especially those touched by the child welfare system. But we can’t do that alone. That’s why we work closely with partners to get the right information into the right hands – those making important decisions about child welfare practice and policy. 

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COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 is circulating in the community, and the situation is rapidly changing.  Our hearts and thoughts go to the people who have been infected or are currently ill with the virus and to the friends and family of those who have died.

At Partners for Our Children, we want to protect your health and the wider community health.  Please stay well and safe.

We know many agencies and organizations are sharing resources. We don’t want to be redundant, but we do want to share a few resources:

University of Washington:

UW COVID-19 Resources

UW Medicine COVID-19


King County:

Public Health – Seattle & King County

Public Health Insider blog



Department of Children, Youth and Families COVID-19

Washington State Department of Health



Children's Bureau COVID-19 resources

Child Welfare League Of America COVID-2019 resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2019 Novel Coronavirus page


Current Projects


Strive is a set of parent support and education programs specifically designed for parents involved in the child welfare system

National Training and Development Curriculum (NTDC) Evaluation

A comprehensive training program for foster, adoptive, and kinship parents with collaborative evaluation efforts between P4C and SDRG.

Data Portal

The Data Portal provides access to data about children and families whose lives are impacted by the child welfare system in Washington state

Foster Care and Education

Data show many students experience less academic success than peers not in foster care


Connecting aims to improve bonds between teens and foster parents, which in turn can make teens less vulnerable to risky behaviors. So far, the program has showed promising results.

From the Blog

Reports and Briefs

Child Protective Services/child abuse & neglect

The Impact of Poverty on Children and Families (...

Policies aimed at reducing childhood poverty can yield positive benefits for Washington in terms of...
Brief Feb 09, 2023
Child welfare

Strive two-pager overview, October 2021

Two-pager that highlights the ongoing work of Strive, including Strive adaptation and expansion
Brief Oct 27, 2021
Child welfare

Strengthening Family Connection for Incarcerated...

More than 50% of incarcerated people are parents at-risk of permanently losing parental rights....
Brief Aug 16, 2021