Heroes are Made on the Front Lines
It may be a couple years since the FPAWS lawsuit was settled and the new basic rates were voted in by our legislature. It is still a cause for celebration. The new rates add approximately $2000 a year reimbursement for each foster child.
This settlement could not have been reached without the support of our caregiver friends, colleagues and the outstanding effort of our attorneys at Perkins-Coie.
We also want to recognize that former Children's Administration Assistant Secretary Jennifer Strus was instrumental in negotiating the final agreement. By building trusting relationships with Children’s Administration and community partners; FPAWS works to assure the voices of foster, kinship and adoptive parents are taken seriously.
You, your agency, your company or corporate investment says your team cares about the work FPAWS is doing for these kids and caregivers in our State.
Here are some of the reasons we think FPAWS is a good investment:
Each year FPAWS provides 6 Mini-Conferences around the State. and our annual caregiver conference at Great Wolf Lodge. We look for the training caregivers need and want.
Each year FPAWS answers 1000's of calls from caregivers around the State of Washington. Folks call because they need support and information. FPAWS is committed to answering the phone or returning the call as soon as possible.Our goal is for callers to feel empowered and supported.
FPAWS is there to assure that training is available to all caregivers. Training these families need to move the culture of foster care toward greater success for children, foster parents, adoptive parents kinship and other permanent caregivers.
We speak with a unifying voice as we look at the world through the eyes of the social worker, caregiver, parent and child.
We are all working so the children that come into the out of home care system will have the best experience possible. We believe that the families taking in children deserve the respect and support of the entire community.
With Your Support
FPAWS will will be able to expand the number of Mini-Conferences and continue to provide quality training at all of our conferences for foster, adoptive and kinship caregivers.
FPAWS will answer thousands more phone calls from caregivers in need 24 hours per day with a professional caregiver
FPAWS will provide professional foster parent input to Children’s Administration policies and procedures
FPAWS will continue to sit on Statewide Boards and Commissions that plan the future of foster care.
FPAWS will answer the calls from the media when foster care issues are newsworthy.
FPAWS will stand beside caregivers when they need support!
These families called 1-800-391-2273
“If it wasn't for FPAWS; the baby we loved from birth to 9 months, and were about to adopt, would have been traumatized by a move to another foster home.”
From a Foster/Adopt Mom
“If it wasn't for FPAWS an Administrator would have forced us to give our foster baby tainted milk from a bio-mother known to be using drugs.” From a Foster Mom
The Community can connect with FPAWS at www.fpaws.org , call us at 1-800-391-2273 email us at firstname.lastname@example.org