People, Places and Organizations

There is a growing community of dedicated resources where we can get ideas.

Here’s a few I know about; feel free to direct us all to others in your comments, and to comment on your experiences with them.  However, I admonish you to keep your remarks pointed but your words kind.  Any insults or unfair remarks attacking people and organizations or their ideas will be stricken from the forum, and you will be firmly excluded from further participation. 


Foster Parent Association of Washington State (FPAWS)  
Call24 hour Foster Parents Association of Washington State (FPAWS) Line:
1-800-391-CARE or 1-800-391-2273 


National Foster Parent Association
7512 Stanich Lane, Suite 6
Gig Harbor, WA  98335

National Foster Care Coalition
Established in 1998, the National Foster Care Coalition (NFCC) is a unique partnership of member organizations and individuals dedicated to improving the lives of children, youth, and adults in and from foster care through political and public will building.
 As part of their compassionate commitment, NFCC members advocate on behalf of children, youth, and families involved with the foster care system; support local, regional, and national foster care initiatives; offer significant levels of training and technical assistance; and provide education and information about foster care to decision makers at the local, state, and federal levels.
 NFCC members are passionate about engaging youth in all levels of the foster care system, supporting their participation in their own case planning and on larger systems reform initiatives.
 NFCC believes that youth involvement must be an integral component of all child welfare efforts.



Private NonProfit Agencies:



GATEWAYS for Youth & Families  

3501 104th Street East
Tacoma, WA  98446

Foster Care Resource since 1890 – Information on the web on a number of related issues; Licensing and training for foster parents in the State of Washington; youth development & counseling services, parent-child visitations; youth summer camp programs; before & after school care for local children in Pierce County, Washington; parenting education & wrap around services for foster parents.

Casey Family Programs

 Casey Family Programs’ mission is to provide and improve—and ultimately to prevent the need for—foster care.  Established by United Parcel Service founder Jim Casey – Seattle-based national operating foundation that has served children, youth, and families in the child welfare system since 1966.  Provides direct services and promotes advances in child-welfare practice and policy.

Behavioral therapies, treatment programs and strategies:

  • DBT (Dialect Behavioral Therapy)

Basically, DBT maintains that some people, due to invalidating environments during upbringing and due to biological factors as yet unknown, react abnormally to emotional stimulation. Their level of arousal goes up much more quickly, peaks at a higher level, and takes more time to return to baseline. This explains why borderlines are known for crisis-strewn lives and extreme emotional liability (emotions that shift rapidly). Because of their past invalidation, they don’t have any methods for coping with these sudden, intense surges of emotion. DBT is a method for teaching skills that will help in this task.


  • ART (Aggression Reduction Training)

Aggression Replacement Training® (ART®) is a multimodal psychoeducational intervention designed to alter the behavior of chronically aggressive adolescents and young children. The goal of ART® is to improve social skill competence, anger control, and moral reasoning. The program incorporates three specific interventions: skill-streaming, anger-control training, and training in moral reasoning. Skill-streaminguses modeling, role-playing, performance feedback, and transfer training to teach prosocial skills. In anger-control training, participating youths must bring to each session one or more descriptions of recent anger-arousing experiences (hassles), and over the duration of the program they are trained in how to respond to their hassles. Training in moral reasoning is designed to enhance youths’ sense of fairness and justice regarding the needs and rights of others and to train youths to imagine the perspectives of others when they confront various moral problem situations.


  • E/AAT (Equine or Animal Assisted or Facilitated Therapy)

What Is Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP)?
Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) is experiential psychotherapy that includes equine(s).  It may include, but is not limited to, a number of mutually respectful equine activities such as handling, grooming, longeing, riding, driving, and vaulting. EFP is facilitated by a licensed, credentialed mental healthprofessional working with an appropriately credentialed equine professional.  EFP may be facilitated by a mental health professional who is dually credentialed as an equine professional.




3 responses to “People, Places and Organizations

  1. The National Association of Counties (NACo) report on children aging out of foster care can be found online at:

  2. Thanks I found this blog really useful, I’ll recommend it to friends.

  3. .From: Lininger, Tami On Behalf Of Revels Robinson, Denise (DSHS)
    Sent: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 9:12 AM
    Cc: Dreyfus, Susan (DSHS); Guerin, Tracy (DSHS)
    Subject: Message from Denise Revels Robinson – CA Staff Recognized by FPAWS

    January 12, 2010

    Dear Children’s Administration Colleagues:

    I am pleased to pass along some wonderful news about several of Children’s Administration staff being recognized by the Foster Parent Association of Washington State.

    Today FPAWS announced its 2010 award winners. On January 18, 2010 FPAWS will present 14 awards to individuals who, by being champions of Washington’s foster parents, improve the quality of life for our foster children. Please join me in congratulating your colleagues for this professional recognition.

    In honor of the work of Bob Partlow as both a champion of foster parents and as a past former foster parent, FPAWS has created the first annual Bob Partlow Award. Bob will receive the first award in his honor and Michael Luque will receive this year’s Bob Partlow Award. Bob and Michael have worked with foster parents statewide for some time.

    FPAWS Luminary Awards will go to the following Children’s Administration Social Workers:

    Region 1: Wendi Hunt, CFWS Social Worker – Colville

    Region 2: Nelly Mbajah, CFWS Social Worker – Walla Walla

    Region 3: Steve DiMarco, CFWS Social Worker – Smokey Point

    Region 4: Lina Nuniyants, DLR Social Worker West Seattle

    Region 5: Damian Lonnee, CFWS Social Worker Bremerton

    Region 6: Maria Oliphant, CFWS Social Worker Vancouver

    FPAWS Luminary Unit Award: Tumwater Adolescent Unit of Children’s Administration

    In addition, the following are also being recognized by FPAWS:

    FPAWS Elected Officials of the Year Awards

    Representative Ruth Kagi

    Representative Maureen Walsh

    First Annual: Steve & Daniele Baxter Award

    Steve & Daniele Baxter, Past Co-Presidents FPAWS & Current Foster Parents

    Dee Wilson, Exec. Director NICF UW School of Social Work

    FPAWS Best Practices in Foster Care Award

    Chief Chandra Brady, Lewis County Jail Administrator

    The FPAWS January 18 celebration is titled the “Night of 1000 Dreams.” For more information on the free daytime expert panel event 1–5 p.m., and the evening awards dinner ceremony 5–9 p.m. you can visit the web site: or contact Mary Jeanne Smith at 509-876-6245 or email at


    Denise Revels Robinson

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