Today, there are more than 5,000 children and youth in foster care across the Puget Sound area and there are not enough foster homes in Washington State to care for them. This means kids are often moved from home to home or are even sleeping in hotels until a stable placement is identified.
Foster care is tough on everyone involved—kids, birth families, and foster families. When we reduce the stigma, we can improve the day-to-day experience for children and youth in foster care, support parents who are working to reunify with their children, and make it easier for people to step up to become foster parents. By providing more support for children and families experiencing foster care, we improve their outcomes and prevent the cycle from continuing.