The Washington Association for Children & Families (WACF) is a growing association of large and small providers working toward a safer and improved future for the children, youth, and families in Washington State.
The mission of the Washington Association for Children and Families is to engage its member agencies in collaboration, communication, improved service delivery and mutual support among organizations. WACF works on behalf of agencies to support systemic improvement by advocating administratively and legislatively for organizations to operate efficiently, at the highest quality, and provide the most needed services possible to children, youth and families.
WACF accomplishes its mission by informing and engaging its members through trainings, creating a learning community amongst agencies and advocates on behalf of its member agencies to create system level change. WACF has an IRS federal tax exemption ruling as a 501(c)(4) entity.
Since 2012, WACF has been led by its members, volunteers who worked to advocate for WACF’s legislative and administrative policy priorities. In 2018, WACF hired its first Executive Director, Jill May, who is passionate and dedicated to carrying out the priorities of the members and the success of the organization. WACF is composed of three divisions:
- The Child Placing Agencies (CPA) Division, are community based foster care agencies that are interested in preserving, promoting, and improving outcomes for children, youth and families.
- The Intensive Services Division, is composed of agencies that provide Behavioral Rehabilitation Services, Crisis Residential Centers, HOPE beds, Regional Assessment Centers, and other services designed to serve children, youth, and their families with multidimensional and complex needs.
- The Family Preservation and Support Services (FPSS) Division, is composed of agencies that provide in-home and community-based services to families, with the goal of stabilizing families to prevent children from entering more intensive services, including out-of-home care.
WACF serves, and supports all people, regardless of income, race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status.
Join us! We have two options for participation:
- Full voting Organizational Member: Agencies or entities whose primary focus is direct services to children and families
- Non-voting Partnering Organization: Agencies or entities whose primary focus is legislative, administrative, and/or local advocacy on behalf of children and families
Dues for full voting Organizational Members are on a sliding scale and are determined by:
Annual child welfare expenses (excluding pass-through payments to foster parents, if applicable)
Dues are recalculated annually.
Membership dues for Partnering Organizations are $350 per year regardless of agency annual child welfare expenses.
The Association year begins on July 1, and ends on June 30, of each year. Agencies joining the Association later in the year will have dues prorated. Once your application has been approved by the Board of Directors, you will receive an invoice.