FPAWS holds weekend conferences around the state and a state-wide caregivers conference that bring together resource providers, as well as offer training hours and a chance to build connections among the caregivers. Training sessions range from Freezer Cooking to Trust-based Relational Intervention.

State Conference

Pacific NW Caregivers Conference 2023

Friday, September 8 to Sunday, September 10, 2023 at Great Wolf Lodge

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Volunteer Opportunities For PNWCC

Support families while they attend the conference. Community Service hours available if needed.

  • Kids Kamp: We are looking for volunteers (high school and adults) to watch, care and play with kids ranging in ages from zero to twelve. Those who are comfortable will be taking older youth to play within Great Wolf Lodge’s indoor water park. While other volunteers will have the opportunity to work with younger foster kids (infants and toddlers).
  • Workshop Monitors: Monitor workshop doors by scanning QR codes. Assist speakers as needed. Help setup breakout rooms.
  • Registration: Check in attendees for the conference, handout packets and answer questions.
  • Conference Setup/Breakdown: We will need help setting up all areas of the conference and then break everything down.
  • Greeters: Be available in various areas of the conference and hotel to guide attendees as needed and answer questions. Greeters are also needed during the meal breaks and the Caregiver Party Monday night.
  • Fundraising: Work at the FPAWS booth and during the conference selling raffle tickets and distributing prizes as needed.
  • Anywhere Needed: We have various tasks during the conference to be performed.

Regional Conference

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  • Our first conference started with our Mini in Spokane in 2005.
  • By 2006 we were doing 4 to 6 Mini-Conferences around the State. They were growing and caregivers reported loving the Minis. We added an annual Pacific Northwest Caregivers Conference near Olympia so Legislators could attend. Rep. Ruth Kagi attended our first gathering in Lacey in 2010. In 2013 we moved the Conference to Great Wolf Lodge.

  • 2014 – 6 Conferences – Caregiver Continuing Education total of 405 Caregivers, 2152 hours CCE
  • 2015 – 4 Conferences – 352 Caregivers, 2506 CCE hours
  • 2016 – 5 Conferences – 410 Caregivers, 2600 CCE hours
  • 2017 -10 Conferences – 661 Caregivers, 3221 CCE hours
  • 2018 – 5 Conferences – 860 Caregivers, 5765 CCE hours
  • 2019 – 5 Conferences – 661 Caregivers, 5066 CCE Hours
  • 2020 – 4 Online Conferences – 263+ Caregivers, 543+ CCE hours
  • 2021
  • 2022 – Great Wolf Lodge – 251 caregivers, 498 CCE Hours

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