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Welcome all Region 1 (Eastern WA) foster parents, relative caregivers, staff and all interested in learning more about us! We hope you enjoy the resources, contacts, articles, training, the latest news and more on our website! To get further information and resources on becoming a foster parent call 509-279-1525.

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Important Notice - Adoption Support Payments & Recruitment for Foster Parent Co Trainers

Posted on 03/27/15


1.     The University of Washington Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence is currently recruiting Foster Parent Co-Trainers and Senior Foster Parent Co-Trainers to train current and prospective foster parents.   Find the announcement and application form on our foster parent website under “Latest News”: 



Adoption Support Payment Process Dates

2.    Below are the dates your adoption support payments process for the rest of 2015.  Paper checks will be mailed on the process date.  Direct Deposit payments deposit to your account within 2-4 business days after the process date.

Service Month

Process Date


April 24


<image005.png>May 22


July 1


July 24


August 25


September 24


October 26


November 20

January 2016

December 23


Remember, your July adoption support check always comes late…                                                                            

…because the state fiscal year begins on July 1.

Washington State government is unable to spend money reserved for the new fiscal year until the fiscal year actually begins. This year July 1st falls on a Wednesday. The check for July will

be issued on July 1st.   You should receive your check within a couple of days after that – depending on how far you live from Olympia, WA. Remember on July 4th, post offices and banks are

closed and that may affect the date you receive your payment.  Families receiving adoption support are encouraged to consider Direct Deposit for the monthly adoption support payment.

If you have any questions, please call 1-800-562-5682. Press 2 to contact the Adoption Support Program. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.





Meri Waterhouse

Caregiver Recruitment, Retention & Support Program Manager

Dept. of Social and Health Services

Children’s Administration

1115 Washington Street S.E.

PO Box 45710

Olympia, WA  98504-5710


Are you ready to make a difference in the life of a child in your home community? All over Washington foster parents are needed to love, coach, mentor, wipe tears, celebrate, support and encourage children and youth who must live out of their home due to abuse and neglect.  Could you, your family or friends make a difference in the life of a child?  Maybe you could even deal with some teenage drama!  Are you ready to learn more about becoming a foster family?  Washington’s foster parent recruitment phone line:  1-888-KIDS-414, provides information and can answer your questions – take a minute to call, because you don’t know what you’re missing!  Information is also available at our website:   


You know you can do it . . . take the first step in becoming a foster parent!

Upcoming Training Tool

Posted on 03/24/15

New Facebook page to help you know more about upcoming training. Check it out at