We know from experience that kids feel most comfortable around grownups who share a similar culture, look or sound.
Studies have shown that children of color enter the foster care system at higher rates than white children. But did you know that Native American children are 69% more likely to enter the foster care system than white children? And did you know that child welfare offices get more calls for Black and multi-racial children than white children? This pronounced racial disparity within the child welfare system is in part attributed to historical and multigenerational trauma (Scientifica Journal, 2016).
Our mission is to help EVERY child feel safe and loved on the day they are brought into foster care, and we strive to mirror the communities we serve, but we need your help.
Volunteer (with kids in your community)
Help us continue the work of equity within the child welfare system. The Safe & Loved Campaign will allow us to:
Raise awareness about racial disparities within child welfare
Provide targeted outreach, volunteer recruitment, and community-building
Ensure that each child welfare office has a nurturing environment for kids to wait
On September 24, we will raise money for our Safe & Loved Campaign through an online fundraiser called GiveMore24! because every child deserves to feel Safe & Loved.
Tune in to Facebook Live on September 24 to find out if you won!
While you’re there, DONATE to our Safe & Loved Campaign
Fine print: post as many versions as you want, but only one entry per social media handle will be entered in the raffle. The winner will be drawn from a hat on September 24th during a live event that’s part of the GiveMore24! fundraiser. The prize is a fabulous family outdoor adventuring kit. This is meant to be fun activity that will help raise awareness about children in foster care and raise funds that will help us close the gap in racial disparities prevalent in child welfare.
Challenge Your Friends to Join the Contest
School Supply Drive for South Seattle Foster Youth – a Huge Success
Thanks to the team effort of ATS, Inc in Renton, WA, a HUGE donation of school supplies, backpacks and snacks was delivered to the MLK child welfare office in South Seattle last week.
Social workers have already begun distributing supplies, and money was raised to fill further needs like diaper bags, new toys, and ethnic hair products.
Public Service Announcement
A message about reporting child abuse and neglect
We are still not seeing intake numbers where they should be, largely due to the fact that vulnerable kids are not attending in-person classes. This means that children are suffering behind closed doors. We’re asking everyone to keep an eye on our kids, collectively, because it takes a village.
Here’s what to do if you witness child abuse or neglect:
call the Child Welfare Hotline in your state
See the links below for a comprehensive guide to reporting child abuse and neglect in your state.