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The Washington State Parent Ally Committee (WSPAC) is an association of parent allies who have successfully navigated the child welfare system and collaborate to improve outcomes for families. WSPAC advocates for keeping families together, reuniting children and their parents after entering the foster care system.
WSPAC brings the parent voice into the development of child welfare policy and practice and advocates for parent leadership in the service, training and public awareness that strengthen families. Children's Home Society of Washington's President's Office provides staffing to the committee.
WSPAC formed after delegates at the 2006 Washington State Family Engagement Summit convened by Children's Home Society of Washington's Catalyst for Kids identified the need for structured opportunities to hear the voice of parents who have successfully navigated the child welfare system. Catalyst for Kids with support from Casey Family Programs and birth parent, Brenda Lopez launched the WSPAC in March 2007. WSPAC has helped pass legislation since 2012.
Family Assessment Response (FAR): WSPAC supports House Bill 2249 and Senate Bill 6309, an increase in the amount of time a family needs to participate in FAR to 120 days to ensure all families in Washington state are given the opportunity to benefit from the support FAR provides to improve or restore family well-being.
Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF): WSPAC supports continued funding for the newly created DCYF. Governor Jay Inslee signed House Bill 1661 on July 6 creating the Department of Children, Youth and Families. The DCYF will restructure how the state serves children with the goal of producing better outcomes in all Washington communities.
Supportive visitation: WSPAC supports state funding to provide supportive visitation, so parents in Child Protective Services cases are given the tools, skills and coaching needed to maintain their relationships with their children, with the end goal to regain custody.
Source of income discrimination: In partnership with Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, WSPAC supports the passage of Senate Bill 5407 that prevents landlords from denying prospective tenants based on their source of income including, Section 8, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF).
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT ASHLEY ALBERT AT 206-695-3263 OR ASHLEY.ALBERT@CHS-WA.ORG.