As we get ready for the Pacific Northwest Caregivers Conference next May, we will post things here that we hope are helpful for your planning needs.
1. We are creating a waiting list for families that plan to attend. We only have 150 rooms at the $129.00 rate ($163 after taxes and fees). Once we are sold out we will maintain the list and fill the rooms of folks that drop off. Once we are sold out, we will try to accomidate as many as we can in local hotels. email us at: email@example.com to get on the list.
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