RICHLAND, Wash. —
A Washington-based non-profit aimed at serving kids entering foster care is now in the Tri-Cities. Office of Moms & Dads is a community of qualified volunteers and community leaders who help care for, play with and comfort kids as they enter foster care. The non-profit was first founded in Clark County in 2013, but now it can operate out of the Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families building in Richland.
Tri-Cities Volunteer Coordinator Tai Donor said their job is especially important because they help entertain and care for the children, so social workers can focus on finding them a new home.
“These kids are really the most vulnerable in our community. They have gone through so much and they’re going to be going through so much. This is really one of the most traumatic times of their lives where they’re being taken from the home that they’ve known , even if it was neglectful, it’s still their home,” Tai said. “It has long-term effects when they have less stress and post traumatic stress kinds of issues. We can be there and just show them that they’re loved.”
Tai said she’s looking for other volunteers interested in helping out.
Volunteers need to be adults, pass a state-issued background check and have some availability during working hours (Mon – Fri, 8-5). Tai said volunteers do not need to be licensed foster caregivers, but must attend a two hour training.
If you’re interested in volunteering, reach out to Tai at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Office of Moms & Dads or to make a donation, visit their website here.
The Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families location in Tri-Cities is located at 1661 Fowler St in Richland.