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Child Welfare Advocacy Coalition

CWAC Membership and Operating Framework


Work with the Executive Branch and the Legislature to decrease the number of children who enter the child welfare system; ensure that children receive appropriate and quality care while in the child welfare system; safely return children home or place them with a permanent family more quickly; and successfully transition youth exiting the child welfare system.


Maximize consumer voice in every CWAC decision and champion the inclusion of consumer voice in systems change and legislative advocacy.

View every CWAC decision through the lens of addressing racial disproportionality, gender equality and the best interest of children and families.



Learn more about the issues!

Child Placing Agencies Rate Increase

Full Reimbursement for Travel Time

Parent-Child Visitation Reimbursement

Parents for Parents Program


Interested in becoming a member?

We welcome organizations and individuals dedicated to positive child welfare system reform to join our Coalition. Members consist of individual community members or organizations and can be full voting participants, to have input on our annual advocacy agenda, or informational members to stay up to date on important issues facing children, youth and families.

If you are interested in becoming an informational or voting member representing yourself or an organization, please contact Lauren Frederick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Child Welfare Advocacy Coalition Members

In addition to the organizations listed, more than 30 individuals are also members of CWAC.

Voting Organizations

A Way Home Washington
Accelerator YMCA
ANEW Foster Care Apprenticeship Program              Brigid Collins Family Support Center
Catholic Community Services of Western WA
Center for Children and Youth Justice
Children's Home Society of WA
College Success Foundation
Community & Family Services Foundation
Community Youth Services
Coordinated Care
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids                                                                  Foster Parent Alliance of Washington State                        Friends of the Children                    
Girl Scouts of Western Washington                                            Insight Strategic Partners
Institute for Family Development
Legal Counsel for Youth & Children                                              MENTOR Washington
Northwest Research Associates
Office of Public Defense
Olive Crest
Parent Trust
Partners for Our Children
Secret Harbor                                                                                                    Skookum Kids
The Mockingbird Society
UW Youth Legislative Clinic
Washington Association for Children and Families      Washington CASA Association
Washington State CASA                                                                        YES            
Youth Development Executives of King County              Youth Villages
YouthCare                                                                                                            YouthNet

 Informational Organizations

Building Changes
Children's Alliance                                                                                      Children's Campaign Fund
Committee for Children
Communities in Schools of Washington
Dziedzic Public Affairs                                                                              Fostering Connections for Families, LLC
Institute for Family Development
Lutheran Community Services Northwest
Office of the Children and Family Ombuds
Pioneer Human Services
Poverty Action                
Ryther Child Center                                                                                    SOAR                                                                                                                        Strategies 360
Tech Access Foundation
Washington Defender Association
Within Reach