Parent allies celebrate 10 years

 CHSW Advocacy Lead Alise Hegle, second from right, works closely on policy efforts with the Washington State Parent Ally Committee members Jason Bragg, Kimberly Mays, Dana Dildine and Nina Caso.

CHSW Advocacy Lead Alise Hegle, second from right, works closely on policy efforts with the Washington State Parent Ally Committee members Jason Bragg, Kimberly Mays, Dana Dildine and Nina Caso.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Washington State Parent Ally Committee (WSPAC).

The group is comprised of parents who have reunified with their children after navigating the public child welfare system. These amazing advocates learn to develop their voice forged from trauma and adverse life experiences to now help champion groundbreaking policy and law changes to secure stronger communities and safer children.

In the last five years, this group helped pass 10 legislative laws, two budget items and hosted numerous trainings that helps strengthen our communities so they are stronger, safer and a more enriched environment for our children to flourish.

After a monumental year in 2016, the WSPAC needs help from supporters like you. You can help ensure this important work continues to thrive as we push forward with two landmark bills this legislative session, and support numerous others.

We are asking that you to contribute to this cause to help secure safe futures for our children lingering in foster care and to ensure lawmakers and policy makers continue to hear from the families who are most impacted by changes to systems so they continue to hear the message that people change and families reunite.

You can give to this important work by clicking here.

Alise Hegle is an advocacy lead for Children's Home Society of Washington.