The FPAWS Board is comprised of current or former foster, adoptive, kinship parents and kids. It is a Board that cares about the lives of these parents and the kids that find their way into their homes. Our focus is on training and being there when families have trouble with the system. We certainly don't have all the answers, but we work hard to find the needed solutions.
In a July 24, 2014 meeting with Jennifer Strus, Assistant Secretary Children’s Administration, she agreed that children coming into a foster home without sufficient clothing are entitled to a $200 clothing voucher. Jennifer adds that it will take time for the word to trickle down to the Social Workers, so if there are any issues she would like foster parents to take it up the chain until you get the voucher. If you have any questions, contact FPAWS.
In conjunction with a lawsuit filed by the Foster Parents Association of Washington State (“FPAWS”), on behalf of foster families who welcome those children into their homes; please see the Media Statement below regarding the settlement of the lawsuit [FPAWS v. Quigley, et al, No. 3:11-cv-05051-BHS (W.D. Wash)].
In 2011 FPAWS filed a lawsuit against the State of Washington, seeking a declaration that the State is failing to meet federal requirements under the Child Welfare Act to reimburse foster parents for costs associated with raising foster children. Earlier this year, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington ruled that FPAWS has standing to bring the lawsuit and has an enforceable federal right, which means that FPAWS may proceed with its lawsuit. The Court recently set a