This page is about ways to get advice, information, or someone to talk to who understands fostering. For more material/practical support like clothing or help paying for activities, check out the Foster Closets+ page.
- 911 in an emergency
- FPAWS 24 hour Hotline: 1-800-391-CARE (2273) toll-free hotline where caregivers can talk with an informed veteran caregiver who is familiar with DCYF current policy and practice, for comprehensive resource, referral and information sharing.
- DCYF Staff listing https://fortress.wa.gov/dshs/ca/employeedirectory
- Foster Washington: WACF, you can find their resource library by clicking here . Additional resources: Guide to reunification in WA state or Guide to becoming a foster parent in WA state.
- FIRST Hotline: 1-866-393-6186 neutral third party advice and support to foster parents who are experiencing an allegation
- your local Child Welfare Office 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Mon – Fri
- DCYF Foster Parent & Caregiver after-hours support line – 1-800-301-1868 provides phone support outside business hours when foster parents and relative caregivers are in crisis needing behavior management advice, problem solving tips and a listening ear. The support line operates through CA’s Central Intake.
- your county Mental Health crisis line for local assistance with a mental health crisis.
- dial 211 for help connecting to community resources statewide or search their website at https://wa211.org/
References and services
- Columbia Legal Services – advocates for legislative change, and help finding legal resources
- a legal reference handbook: Options for Grandparents and Other Nonparental Caregivers: A Legal Guide for Washington State
- Washington State CASA
- WA Office of the Family and Children’s Ombuds
- DCYF Staff Directory https://fortress.wa.gov/dshs/ca/employeedirectory