Foster Caring Bringing News & Support to Caregivers in Region 1

Foster Caring
Bringing News & Support to Caregivers in Region 1
Reach Out for Support On Social Media
With Fostering Together’ s Facebook Pages
Check out the following great Facebook pages for support for caregivers:
Region 1—
Walla Walla—
Tri Cities—
Grant & Adams—
Whitman, Garfield & Asotin—
Stevens, Ferry & Pend Oreille—
Chelan & Douglas—
*see page 10 for other great links!
Regional Newsletter Goes Electronic
In order to make better use of our resources and be more environmentally friendly we are going green. After this issue, it will be
available online at The only exception is
if you are not able to view the newsletter online then you need to
send in the enclosed form to be added to the mailing list. This newsletter will go out
twice annually March/April and September/October of each year.
Be sure you are on the email list by signing up for the email list serve at
newsletter. You will receive notice of the newsletter as well as more frequent updates on
resources, free give aways and events taking place. Hear about special events, free events,
and great opportunities. This is the way you can be informed right from the start!
Thank you for your understanding! Questions, feel free to email to
[email protected] or call (509) 363-3523.
Region 1
Do You Care?
Check out page 7
Inside this issue:
Go Green/Facebook
Social Media Protocol
More Training!
R1N Support Groups
R1S Support Groups
Around the Region
Fostering Together
From the Doc
Great Links
Foster Caring
Who to Call?
Calendar North
Calendar South
Social Media Reminders for Caregivers and Staff
RCW 13.34.136, the permanency plan of care,
addresses in part outside communication for
children in out-of-home care as well as outlining caregivers’ roles in social networking
The policy attached to this RCW states
specifically the following:
4 3 0 2 2 . O u t s i d e C o m m u n i c a t i o n fo r
C h i l d r en i n O u t -o f - H o m e C a r e
C. Inform caregivers on social networking websites regarding children in out-of-home care
must not include:
1. Child's name
2. Identify the child as being a foster child.
3. Discussion about case specific information about the child or the child's
D. Inform caregivers if there are safety reasons
why unidentified photos may not be posted
on the caregiver's social networking site(s).
E. Discuss communication planning with the
child and caregiver during monthly visits.
For more information:
Get Reimbursed Promptly
The following is a friendly reminder from our payment staff at Children’s Administration:
 Overpayments—to avoid overpayments, do not
collect for the day the child leaves the foster home.
 Mileage—Please remember to include addresses
and the purpose of each trip on your mileage reimbursement form. The mileage reimbursement
form can be found online at Beginning January
1, 2014, the reimbursement rate for mileage is .56
cents per mile.
Clothing Perk—Region 1 North
During 2013 a total of 478 children were
served by the Clothing Perk in Spokane!
This was a 100% increase from 2012 when
only 234 were served.
Teen Closet—Region 1 North
During 2013 a total of 387 teens were
served by the Teen Closet in Spokane.
Watch for information on the TC-50 coming in June!
More information at
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Other Trainings
Upcoming Training:
Foundations for Behavior Management
Disruptive Behaviors
By Randi Hankins
Youth in care are increasingly demonstrating noncompliance,
oppositional or aggressive behaviors creating havoc in the home
and community. This training will explore the basic roots of disruptive behaviors and present an evidence based approach to
overcoming these behaviors. ARC - Attachment, (Self) Regulation
and Competency focuses on developing abilities to understand
other perspectives, identify and regulate emotional states and
build competencies consistent with developmental levels.
Location: DSHS, 1313 N Atlantic, Suite 2000, Spokane
Date: Saturday, April 5th, 2014
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Pre-Registration is Required
To register by e-mail – [email protected]:
Send your Name, Mailing address, e-mail and Phone
Number and specify the class you wish to attend.
This is a comprehensive and fun 36 hour training course
designed specifically for foster parents, adoptive parents and kinship providers.
Please commit to completing the entire module, even
if you can’t complete the entire class at this time.
Watch for more details online for the
class schedule near you or
check with your licensor...
Parenting Plus for Moses Lake:
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13, 20, 27;
June 3, 10, 17 from 5:30—8:30 p.m. in
the DSHS back conference room in the
Moses Lake DCFS office.
To register by phone – 363-4821
List your Name, Mailing address, e-mail and Phone
Number and specify the class you wish to attend.
Not sure who to call for
assistance with medical
Call Valerie Marshall at
(509) 363-3320.
Region 1 Trainers
For Spokane and South of Spokane classes
contact Renee’ Siers at [email protected] or call
(509) 363-4821
For ML, Omak, Wenatchee & Colville, contact
Leon Covington at 509.363.3410
or email Leon at [email protected]
For Tri-Cities, Yakima & Walla Walla, contact
Ryan Krueger at 509.737.2879
or email Ryan at [email protected]
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(Training continued)
Foster Care Support Network
Self—Study Articles
Pamphlets provided by Foster Care Support
Network. One hour of training credit is given for each pamphlet completed. Examples
of available articles include:
The Difficult Teen Years
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
DVD’s for Training Credit Available
through Netflix
If you have a Netflix account you can request the following DVD’s for training credit. To receive credit request
the DVD worksheet from your licensor.
For a more complete list access
Contact your trainer for self study
The list and worksheets are available at
Acting Out
Beyond F.A.T. City
Child Development
Child Safety
Are you up to date on your First Aid/CPR?
Frontline: Growing Up Online
To register go online to:
Frontline: (The) Medicated Child
Caregiver CORE Class Schedules are listed online at:
Access training materials as well as training online at
Plus at
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NOTICE: Support group dates and locations may change. Call facilitator to confirm.
Clarkston Support Group
Seeking facilitator, For more info. Contact Dena
Drury – [email protected]
Meets 1st Thursday ea month @ 7 P.M.
Lewiston First Nazarene Church-childcare provided
Hope Room – Clothes etc.
Colfax/Pullman Support Group
Dena Drury – 288-2639; [email protected]
United Methodist; 109 S Mill St.; Colfax
4th Thursday of the month; 6—7:30 p.m.
Colville Facilitator
Sandee Kircher (Support Group)
509-937-4151 [email protected]
Meets 2nd Tuesday at 11:00; Call to verify date and location.
Moses Lake Support Group
Contact Dena Drury at [email protected]
Immanuel Lutheran Church
1020 S A St.; Moses Lake
3rd Thursday of the month, 6 PM – 7:30 PM
Omak Facilitator(Support Program)
Sherry Colomb, Facilitator Cell-509-322-2552
E-Mail - [email protected]
Call or e-mail for meeting time and location
Pend Oreille County Facilitator (Support Groups)
Kimberly McNaughton 509-442-2433
[email protected]
Call or e-mail for date & location.
Wenatchee Support Group
Meets 3rd Thursday each month; 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Crossroads Church, 1301 Maple St; Wenatchee
Child care available upon request
Contact Wendy White at 425-422-6557 or [email protected] for more information
Chelan Support Group
Meets 2nd Tuesday of the month
United Methodist Church in Chelan
Potluck Dinner 5:30 PM – 6 PM; Group 6 - 8
Child care available on request
Contact Cindy Knight at 509-682-9763 or
[email protected] for more information
Suncrest Support Group
Shelly Lewis, Facilitator 509-994-6715 or [email protected];
meets in Suncrest area/lower Stevens County the 1 st Wednesday
of the month from 6 PM – 7:30 PM
Call or e-mail for location.
Spokane Area Facilitators
Buddy Program - Spokane matching experienced foster
parents with new foster parents
Trudie Nesbitt – 509-487-8270 or 509-768-0710
[email protected]
The Younger Years Spokane Support Group
Melike Bludau, Facilitator
714-7728 - [email protected]
9:30 AM - 11:30 am - call or e-mail for the date
Southside Christian; 2934 E 27th Ave, Spokane
Day care available - 3 day notice requested
Night Life Support Group (Evening Meeting)
Amber Sherman, Facilitator
499-2456 [email protected]
Meets 3rd or 4th Tuesday each month – 6:00 P.M. to 8 P.M.
Prince of Peace Church – 8441 N. Indian Trail Rd., Spokane
Day care available – 3 day notice requested
Coffee Time Support Group (Morning meeting)
Sandy Porter, Facilitator
509-990-0980 [email protected]
Meets 3rd Thursday ea month – 9:30 to 11:30 A.M.
Southside Christian; 2934 E. 27th Avenue Spokane,
Day care available – 3 day notice requested.
Clothing Support Available in the Spokane Area
and Region 1 North:
1. The Clothing Perk
The Clothing Perk is open to clothe children ages newborn to 12. Please check the FPAS website at or Facebook for updates. Request a referral from your child’s social worker. For more information, email to [email protected] or call
2. Teen Closet
The Teen Closet, offers teen clothing for any teen connected with Children’s Administration in Region 1.
Visit their site at or call (509) 5341151 to arrange an appt.
Located in the Spokane Valley off Argonne at 9212 E.
Montgomery #302. Teens are welcome from the region
by appointment. Open 2nd Saturday of each month
from 9—1. Referrals to be submitted prior to making
an appointment. See for more info.
3. Julianne’s Prom Closet
Julianne’s Prom Closet is open by appointment at 218
N. Bernard St., basement of the Fruci Building; Spokane. They accept quality new and gently used formal
wear, and accessories. Call (509) 939-6324 to set up an
appointment or make a donation.
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Spring/Summer 2014
Yakima Area Kinship Support Groups
 Mary Pleger runs the kinship navigator program &
kinship support group through Catholic Family and
Child Services
 5301 Tieton Drive; Yakima, WA; 509-965-7100
 6:00 – 8:30pm; 2nd Wed. of the month in the childcare center
*Must RSVP so she can plan accordingly as they provide childcare & dinner!
Andrea Plagens (relative caregiver herself)
 2nd & 4th Monday of each month
 12 – 1:30pm; Casey Family Programs
 404 N. 3rd Street; Yakima, WA; 509-952-5162
Tri-Cities Area Support Groups
 South Hills Counseling Center/Olive Crest office; 3616
W 27th, Kennewick; childcare provided with advance
notice.1st Thursday from 6—8 PM; For more information, contact Jennie Owens at (509) 737-7850.
 Bethel Orphan Care Support Group; 2nd Thursday of
the month; 7:30—9 p.m.; Bethel Church; 600 Shockley
Rd in Richland. Contact Windy Hancock; 509-5286392; [email protected]
Other Region 1 South Support:
Contact Dru Powers at (509) 928-6697
for support in other areas of Region 1 South.
Kennewick Clothing Room
Contact Susan Kellie at [email protected] or (509) 948
-8332; or your local social worker for assistance. Volunteers staff it Monday's 9:30-11:30 am and Thursdays 4:306:30 pm. They have toys, school supplies, hygiene items,
clothing and some baby equipment.
Yakima Area Clothing Closet
Fostering Together and CA are
working on setting up a
‘Clothing Closet’ for kids in
out of home care. We have a
location identified and are
working with our community
partners to create a nice, clean,
hip storefront for caregivers to bring kids in
all of Yakima Country to ‘shop’. Tentative
Grand Opening is April 2014!
Ellensburg Area Support:
Contact Angie Wilson, new liaison/recruiter, for 2nd
Monday of each month Sept—May from 5—7:30 p.m.;
Mercer Creek Church; 1407 N. B St.; Ellensburg. Contact Angie at (509) 933-1161; [email protected] . There is no cost to attend dinner and childcare are free. Please RSVP so they will
know how much food to prepare.
 Any horse lovers out there? Please contact Angie if
you have a foster child in your home that would like
to attend a week long overnight horse camp this summer. We have, two scholarships available for children age 9-18 to attend Caribou Creek Corral!!!
 Also this spring there will be a baton twirling group starting up and practicing this
summer to participate in the Ellensburg Junior Rodeo. If you have any children interested in joining us
please contact me. There will be no cost for the lessons. You will need a weighted baton and a uniform
for the parade.
To join in to help with recruitment and support of
foster and relative caregiver families, contact Monica
Jenkins (509) 454-6915 or Dru Powers (509) 928-6697
for information on meetings and opportunities!
Walla Walla Support
Jennifer Christensen is the new Liaison Recruiter for Walla Walla. Reach Jennifer at
[email protected] or 509629-1262.
*Watch for information on the new support
group coming to Walla Walla!
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From Around the Region!
Do You Care?!
Do You Care is hosting
an event on 4/23 at the
Knitting Factory. In an
effort to showcase Child
Abuse Prevention month
we are encouraging folks
to attend this free event
6pm-8pm to hear live music, stories from foster
youth, and from others who are champions for the
foster community. This event was created to promote awareness to the growing gaps within the foster care system. Within our community, many chilWenatchee Office had their second annual sledding party in January at Scout-A-Vista, a Boy
Scout camp. There were 57 in attendance including
foster families, staff, and lots of children. Special
thanks to Kevin Slack for taking the lead on this
again this year!
dren of various ethnic
backgrounds face difficulties due to increased
placement changes and a higher population within
the system. Though there is not a simple solution to
this problem, we believe that the first step towards
success is awareness. It is our desire to recruit individuals from our community that are willing to help
out in any way, whether it is by volunteering or
simply passing the word on to family and
friends. We’d love to see you all there, if you have
any questions, please feel free to contact Shannon
Boniface at 363-4621 or [email protected]
Wenatchee Event coming soon—there will be a
Yard Sale at New Song Community Church on June
20 and 21. There is storage space to store any items
families would like to donate to the sale. Contact
Jen Thomason for more information 509-665-5341.
Spokane Office FP/Caregiver Picnic—will be held
sometime in July at Audubon Park. Watch for more
Region 1 North Mini Conference—will be held again
this Fall. Watch for more information!
The Caregiver Mini-Conference in Region 1 South
was held on March 22nd and over 75 caregivers attended! They were provided a day of training breakout sessions, offered toys & bikes from FPAWS, and
had a great time networking with fellow caregivers. Way to go!
The Yakima office has had their first Fosterware
Party that was quite a success. There are two more
planned for April and May. These are held in a foster
parents home and are patterned after a Tupperware
Party. The foster parent invites friends to come to
Our Foster Parent Dinner "A Night in Paradise" will their home to get information on becoming a foster
be May 22 at 5:30 at the Community Center. Prizes, parent and many of the other ways that they can supawards, entertainment and good food! Childcare will port foster parents and the children in care. Contact
Monica Jenkins, 509-454-6915 or Jenbe provided. Look for a save the date email and [email protected] for more information.
vites to come out soon!
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Fostering Together, a program of Olive Crest, partners with Children’s Administration on the recruitment and retention of foster
homes as well as managing the FIRST and Critical Support Program. You may contact any of the Fostering Together staff directly.
Region 1 Staff
Dru Powers
Amber Sherman
Derek Cutlip
Kim McNaughton
Dena Drury
Wendy White
Region 1 South Coordinator; Foster
Support Specialist/FIRST Rep for
Region 1
Region 1 North Coordinator and
Spokane & Lincoln Liaison
Region 1 North Community
(509) 928-6697
[email protected]
(509) 499-2456
[email protected]
(509) 290-0406
[email protected]
(509) 675-0341
[email protected]
Southeast Liaison (Whitman, Garfield, Asotin, Adams & Grant)
Wenatchee Area Liaison (Douglas
and Chelan)
(509) 288-2639
[email protected]
(425) 422-6557
[email protected]
Yakima Liaison
(509) 928-6697
[email protected]
Benton & Franklin Liaison
(509) 928-6697
[email protected]
Northeast Liaison (Stevens, Pend
Oreille, Ferry & Okanogan)
Statewide Staff
Critical Care
Critical Care Referral Line
Anne Snook
WA Program Director
Marilyn Hatfield
R&R Program Director
Web Communication &
(855) 395-7990
(425) 462-1612 x
(425) 876-7528
(253) 347-2580
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
Mattresses 4 Kids
The Mattresses 4 Kids donation program has started in the Spokane area. Mattress Discounters has a contract with Olive Crest to
supply each month, a limited number of new twin, full & queen mattress sets to at-risk youth. Mattresses are delivered usually the
3rd week of every month and will need to be picked up from the Spokane Olive Crest office on the day they arrive. If you have a
youth in need of a bed, please contact Derek Cutlip, Community Involvement Representative with Fostering Together at: [email protected] He will supply you with a request form to complete. Derek will coordinate all contacts with those requesting
mattress sets and let you know the status of your request.
For Tri-Cities contact Susan Kellie at [email protected] to place an order. We would like to extend a huge thank you to Mattress
Discounters for their generosity and support for at-risk youth in our community.
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From the Doc
Spring is Springing!
Submitted by Dr. Don Ashley
In my yard, the flower bulbs long since poked their
green leaf-tips up through the earth. It is time to shift
our thinking from winter into spring.
Better weather is neat! Although the weather is neat,
it requires precautions we can safely ignore during
the winter.
Speaking of worse, tanning beds may damage the
skin worse than the sun. Are “regular” cigarettes or e
-cigarettes worse? I suspect we will find both are unhealthy.
Enjoy the spring! Wishing you gentle breezes and
pleasant days
Really, really pale people need ten minutes of sun a
day. The darkest skinned people require twenty
minutes of sun per day. Most of us are in-between
and need somewhere between ten and twenty
minutes daily of morning or afternoon sun. If we are
out longer than that or out when the sun is overhead,
we need to be covered or we need a sunscreen. Sunscreen prevents wrinkles that happen on uncovered
skin. Since sunscreens and repellants need refreshing
at different times, separate insect repellant and separate sunscreen is usually the easiest in the long run.
Mosquitoes still carry some really nasty viruses. From the first
darkening of dusk and clear
through the night until the day
is bright, when outdoors we
need to keep our skin covered
with long pants and long sleeve
shirts. The alternative is to use an Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) approved insect repellant
when outdoors at those times.
Spring awakens us to transitions. Marijuana is not a
healthy transition. More than seventy percent of
Washington State high-school seniors just do not use
marijuana. Recreational marijuana is illegal before
twenty-one years old. http://
parentpreventionbooklet2013.pdf can help you communicate your concern without accidentally making
the situation worse.
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Great Links to Check Out!<> is an excellent source of information and has links to many resources and articles
of interest to foster/adoptive parents. Fostering Together has the recruitment & retention contract with the State to provide ongoing support to
current foster families and relative caregivers.
Becoming a FP
r/ -The State website
for foster parenting has more information about foster care licensing requirements, resources and training.<> - This is the website for
the Foster Parent Association of Eastern Washington.
Facebook has several social media options to stay connected to the foster parent community.
Fostering Together Region 1 North & South
Foster Parent Association of Eastern Washington
Clothing Perk -
Teen Closet -
The Younger Years- Foster & Adoptive Parenting Support
Group – This is a private Facebook Group for Licensed Foster
Homes. To request to be in this group, e-mail the Younger Years Support Group Facilitators, Melike at [email protected] or
Meaghan at [email protected]
Deaf Foster
Teen Reach
FT Adoption
Regional News
The Region 1 HB 1624 Regional
Consultation meetings are held in
Spokane for Region 1 North and
in Yakima for Region 1 South with
phone participation in Richland
and Ellensburg. For a full set of
minutes please contact David
Needham at (509) 363-3559 or
email to [email protected]
Or (509) 363-3523 for Region 1
North or to Maria Tovar in
Region 1 South at [email protected] or
(509) 225.6539.
Foster Caring
Check out the Foster Parent
Assoc. site for all caregivers
in Region 1.
Sponsored by
Foster Parent Association of
Eastern WA and Children’s
This newsletter is for all foster parents/
caregivers in Region 1
To submit articles for future issues, or to
sign up for email alerts contact:
Foster Caring; c/o Laurie Palmquist
1313 N. Atlantic, Ste. 2000
Spokane, WA 99201
Or email
[email protected]
or call (509) 363-3523.
Toll Free: 1-800-558-3040
Fax: (509) 363-4617
Submission deadline for the
Fall/Winter issue is Sept. 26, 2014
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Who to Call?
A quick reference for caregivers
Region 1 North and South Main Office
Phone Numbers
Clarkston DCFS Office - North; (509) 751-4686
Colfax DCFS Office - North; 1-800-557-9671
Colville DCFS Office - North; 1-800-544-0543
Ellensburg DCFS Office - South; (509) 925-0440
Goldendale DCFS Office - South; 1-888-606-9639
Moses Lake DCFS Office - North; 1-800-749-5965
Statewide After Hours Intake Line
Division of Licensed Resources
Region 1 North Regional Office—1-800-557-9671
or (509) 363-3550
Region 1 South Regional Office—1 (866) 4515160 or (509) 737-2800
Newport DCFS Office - North; 1-800-473-6022
Foster Parent & Caregiver Support Line
Omak DCFS Office - North; 1-800-869-4018
4:30 PM—8 AM Monday—Friday
Richland DCFS Office - South; (509) 585-3000
24 hours a day on weekends
and state holidays 1-800-301-1868
Spokane DCFS Office - North; 1-800-557-9671
Sunnyside DCFS Office - South; 1-800-544-8215
Toppenish DCFS Office - South; (800) 526-8713
Walla Walla DCFS Office - South; (509) 524-4900
Wenatchee DCFS Office - North; 1-800-243-8881
White Salmon DCFS Office - South; 1-888-606-9639
Yakima DCFS Office - South; (509) 225-6500
Yakima Reg. Hub; 1 (888) 443-6796
Fostering Together Liaisons
Call your placement desk with the following:
Homefinders/Placement contact information:
 Spokane HOME FINDERS: (509) 363-3471; 3633351; 363-3598; 363-3372; 363-3434; or email to
[email protected] or to supervisor
Joey Charlton at [email protected]
—a great source for support:
Spokane—Amber Sherman (509) 499-2456
Northeast—Kimberly McNaughton (509) 675-0341
Southeast - Dena Drury 509-288-2639
Wenatchee—Wendy White (425) 422-6557
Yakima—Dru Powers at (509) 928-6697
Tri-Cities—Dru Powers at (509) 928-6697
Ellensburg—Angie Wilson at (509) 933-1161
Walla Walla—Jennifer Christensen at (509) 629-1263
This program is accessed by direct referral from a foster parent
or can be referred through a social worker. Calls to the number
above will receive consultation and if appropriate then referred
to Dru Powers for Region 1 at (509) 928-6697.
status updates about openings
new placements
placement changes
non-emergent needs and questions
Clarkston—Carol Mogliolo (509)751-4665
Colfax—Shelly Elkins (509) 397-5043
Colville—Lenny Benson (509) 685-5665
Moses Lake—Michael Wentworth (509)764-5778
Newport—Kathy Bennett (509) 447-6237 or Rory
Axel (509) 447-6221
Omak—Krisana Shrable (509) 846-2081
Wenatchee— Teresa Ryan (509) 665-5338
White Salmon—Gail Froehlich (509) 773-7477
Yakima—Kathlyn (K.T.) Treat (509) 225-6586
Richland—Rhonda Johnson (509) 585.3092
Walla Walla—Glenda Sanchez (509) 524-4925
Ellensburg—Lynn Ostenberg (509) 925-0448
Goldendale—Gail Froehlich (509) 773-7477
Sunnyside—Maria Frausto (509) 836-5755
Toppenish—Tonya Newell-Tierney (509) 865-1450
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Calendar of Events for Region 1
Region 1 North
FP Advisory Board Meetings in Spokane for 2014:
Foster parents are welcome & encouraged to attend; please
check in with reception first.
 Tuesday, April 15; 1—2:30
Regional HB 1624 Meetings— all caregivers welcome!
Tuesday, June 17; 1—3 p.m.; Children’s Administration in Spokane; contact your reps for more information; Kerry Bryant at (509) 262-0728 or
Melissa McDougall at (509) 422-9701
Spokane/Lincoln County Caregiver Appreciation
Dinner—mark your calendar for Saturday, April 26th;
5:30 p.m.; the theme this year is Masquerade! See the enclosed invitation!
Annual FP Caregiver Carousel Party at Riverfront
Saturday, May 3rd from 9:00—10:30 a.m. See enclosed
for more information.
Do You Care Event—
Wed., April 23—see page 7 for more information
Day in May
Watch your Calendars for more information on A Day in
May. Fostering Together is partnering with local businesses to offer discounts to foster families. Whether you live in
Spokane or will be travelling there during May, look for
more information to come. Mark your calendars for the
Kick-Off event, May 5th, 2014. Tomato Street Restaurant
will once again be offering free children’s meals for foster
families when the adults purchase their entrée. This will be
for both lunch and supper. For up to date information, you
can go to
Wenatchee Appreciation Dinner—A Night in Paradise will be May 22 at 5:30 at the Community Center.
Watch for more information!
Pacific NW Caregivers Conference is May 16-18 at Great Wolf Lodge – see for more details.
Region 1 South
Regional HB 1624 Meetings—
Monday, June 16; 10—12; in Yakima, or by
phone in the Richland, Toppenish or Ellensburg DCFS Offices to participate by conference call; contact your representatives for
more information;
 Angie Wilson at (253) 223-9507 or
 Jessica Hanna at (509) 899-3329
—all foster parents & caregivers are welcome
 Richland Caregiver Appreciation Spaghetti
feed is scheduled for Friday May 2 at Bethel
Church (600 Shockley Road, Richland)5:30 –
 Yakima/Kittitas County Kinship Caregiver
Day of Pampering is going to happen Tuesday
May 6 8:30 – 3:00, 50 unlicensed caregivers will
be provided a day of pampering to include a light
breakfast, a movie, lunch at the Olive Garden,
massages and Bingo –sponsored by the Kindred
Spirits Collaboration. Invites will go out in midApril.
 Spring Faire at the Cascade Gardens in Yakima on Mother’s Day from 11—4
 Voices for Children Foundation will be
selling flowers to support kids in out of
home care in Yakima County
 Ellensburg will have a Caregiver Appreciation
BBQ in June – details to be mailed out.
 Yakima, Walla Walla, Toppenish and Goldendale/White Salmon are also planning Appreciation activities to occur in May and June.
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