WACF works with its members to spearhead new initiatives, coordinate collaboration and conversation between agencies, and speak with a unified voice on the behalf of children, youth, and families.

Membership Application

Join our diverse and inclusive network of member agencies in collaboration, communication, improved service delivery, and mutual support among organizations.

WACF Divisions

WACF is composed of three divisions:

  • Child Placing Agencies (CPA) Division — There are more than 8,000 children in out-of-home care in Washington State. WACF supports private, community-based foster care agencies that recruit, license, train, and support foster families.  CPAs work collaboratively with the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) to ensure timely permanency.
  • Intensive Services (IS) Division — WACF works with agencies that provide Behavioral Rehabilitation Services, Crisis Residential Centers, HOPE beds, Regional Assessment Centers, therapeutic foster care, and other services designed to serve children, youth, and their families with multidimensional and complex needs.
  • Family Preservation & Support Services (FPSS) Division — When families are separated, it creates lifelong trauma for children, youth, and parents. WACF supports 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.

Membership Dues

Join us! We have three options for participation:

  • Full voting Organizational Member Agencies or entities that have DCYF child welfare serving contracts including in-home services, child placing agencies and behavioral rehabilitation services.  (This excludes agencies who primarily serve early learning – see supporting organization).
  • Non-voting Partnering Organization Agencies or entities whose primary focus is legislative, administrative, and/or local advocacy on behalf of children and families.
  • Non-Voting Supporting Organization Agencies that support families involved with or at risk of involvement with the child welfare system, whose primary sources of funding are not through DCYF contracts.

Dues for full voting Organizational Members are on a sliding scale and are recalculated annually.  Dues amounts are determined by: Annual child welfare expenses (excluding pass-through payments to foster parents, if applicable). Child welfare expenses are agency expenses related to child welfare services. These include: foster care, group care, visitation, family preservation & support services, and independent living skills. It does not include: early learning, home visiting, child mental health, community mental health, homeless family prevention & intervention support services.

*For current members, the dues amount for FY 21 will not be less than FY 20.

Membership dues for Partnering Organizations are $400 per year and membership dues for Supporting 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 you will receive an invoice.