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.

Foster Care and Education

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

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


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 welfare

Federal opportunites for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,...

Legislation could be unified at the federal level to ensure that all LGBTQIA+ children, youth, and...
Brief Jun 21, 2021
Child welfare

Poverty and neglect in child welfare

Poverty is the greatest threat to child well-being. Child neglect, the most common reason for...
Brief Jan 13, 2021
Child welfare

Short history of foster care in the United States

This P4C brief provides an introductory history of foster care and relevant historical context,...
Brief Jan 13, 2021