KIDS AND FAMILIES EXPERIENCING FOSTER CARE NEED US.

Sometimes situations arise that can disrupt a family’s ability to be together. Foster families and kinship caregivers can help make sure kids are cared for and nurtured as long as they need.

Foster care is tough on everyone involved. When we step up to support families and reduce the perceived stigma, we can improve the day-to-day experience for kids in foster care, support parents who are working to reunify with their children, and make it easier for people to be foster parents.

ABOUT FOSTERING FAMILY

BUILDING A MORE SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY.

Fostering Family is an initiative to support kids in foster care throughout the Puget Sound region by increasing community-wide support for kids and families. Becoming a foster parent or kinship caregiver isn’t the only way to make an impact. Whether it is by volunteering, donating, cooking a meal, or simply challenging our own perceptions, we all have a role. Find yours.

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5,000
kids are in foster care across the Puget Sound region.
57
of children in foster care are reunited with their families within 3 years.
18
months is the median length of stay in out-of-home care.
47,000
kinship family members in Washington State are caring for one or more relative children.

START FOSTERING FAMILY TODAY.


You can play a role in fostering family by investing in kids and families, volunteering, spreading the word, or learning about the issue. It can be as simple as sharing one of our videos on social media. Join our community of people, businesses, and organizations stepping up for families.

WATCH: MORE IS MORE WHEN IT COMES TO FAMILY

That is the philosophy embraced by Katie and Jonathan Biron. The Birons are determined to provide their two adopted children—including one who was adopted from foster care—connection with their biological families. Starting small and over time, both birth mothers have remained in their children’s lives, and the Birons have developed a close relationship with their youngest son’s biological family. “Our situation is unique,” Jonathan says. “But it doesn’t have to be.” Watch their story to expand your definition of family.