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 July 2016 Jennifer sent out a message to her staff reminding them of the policy.
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
With all the reforms to the way children come into or stay out of the foster care system, one thing remains clear, kids in care are traumatized on some level. We believe that over time, as the system does a better job keeping kids with their families by providing the supports those families need, it will be the most traumatized kids that stay in the foster care system. It is our job as foster parents to be prepared to handle the challenges these kids face. Chances of a foster parent getting an allegation are about 1 in 7.