We believe in supporting children and families who have entered the child welfare system so they can fully realize their potential.

Parents for Parents program connects parents who have successfully navigated the child welfare system to parents who have recently become engaged with Child Protective Services.

Our goal is to provide early outreach, education and support to parents who have entered the dependency system so they can be reconnected to their children. We also provide parent allies with leadership and gateway employment opportunities as they provide support, knowledge and mentoring to parents new to the system.

Parents for Parents programs are currently active in the following counties:

  • King County (King County Superior Court)

  • Benton and Franklin County (Safe Harbor)

  • Clallam County (Clallam County Superior Court)

  • Pierce County (Multicultural Child and Family Hope Center)

  • Kitsap County (Kitsap County Superior Court)

  • Grays Harbor and Pacific County (Grays Harbor Court Appointed Special Advocate agency)

  • Thurston, Lewis and Mason County (Family Education and Support Services)

  • Snohomish County (YWCA)

  • Spokane County (Spokane County Superior Court)

  • Whatcom County (Whatcom County Superior Court)


Involved with CPS:

Dates, times and locations are subject to change—please contact each program to confirm before planning to attend. All groups are free unless specified otherwise.


Parents for Parents Dependency 101 class

The Dependency 101 class is designed to educate parents about the child welfare system to help them reunify with their children. The class provides tools and resources that help empower parents to be successful during their case. The class is peer-led by parent allies who have successfully navigated the child welfare system and have first-hand experience. Some locations also offer ongoing Dependency 201 classes.

Aberdeen: Second Monday of each month from 4-6 p.m., Grays Harbor CASA, South Shore Mall, 1017 S. Boone St., #312, Aberdeen, 98520. Contact information: Alexa Montoure, 360-580-1254.

Bellingham: Fourth Wednesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Whatcom County Courthouse, Juvenile Admin Office, 311 Grand Ave., #501, Bellingham, 98225. Contact information: Sunny Ward, 360-244-1361.

Bremerton: Second Friday of each month from 9-11 a.m., and the fourth Monday of every month from 4-6 p.m., Bremerton DCFS Office, 3423 Sixth St., #217, Bremerton, 98312. Contact information: Dawn Michele Wilson, 360-337-5496. 

Clallam: Third Monday of each month from 1-3 p.m., 1912 W. 18th St, Port Angeles, 98363. Contact information: 360-417-2243.

Everett: Denny Juvenile Justice Center, 2801 10th St., Everett, 98201. Contact information, 425-388-7800. 

Kennewick: Third Wednesday of each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Safe Harbor Support Center, 1111 N. Grant Pl., Kennewick, 99336. Contact information: Krista Iron Bear, 509-438-5540.

Kent: Second Monday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Maleng Regional Justice Center (detention side of complex), 620 W. James, #B-174A, Kent, 98032. Contact information: Jill Murphy, 206-477-2311.

Seattle: Third Thursday of each month from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., King County Superior Court, 516 Third Ave., #C-912, Seattle, 98104. Contact information: Jill Murphy, 206-477-2311.

Shelton: Last Thursday of each month from 9-10:15 a.m., Mason County Juvenile Probation Conference Room, 426 W. Cedar Street, Shelton, 98584. Contact information: Tonia Morrison, 360-754-7629.

Spokane: Second Wednesday of every month from 10:50 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Juvenile Court, 902 N. Adams St., Spokane, 99260. A (201 Building Hope) class is offered the first Thursday of every month from 1:30-3:30 p.m. and the third Tuesday of every month from 9:45-11:45 a.m., Spokane Regional Health District Building, 1101 W. College Ave., #310/350, Spokane, 99201. Contact information: Ambrosia Eberhardt, 509-934-0966.

Tacoma: Every second Thursday from 1-3 p.m., and the fourth Thursday of every month from 4-6 p.m., DSHS Building, 1949 S. State St., Tacoma, 98405. Contact information: Tiffany Lyons, 253-204-9075.

Tumwater/Olympia: Every third Tuesday from 12:30-2 p.m., Thurston County Family & Juvenile Courthouse Law Library, 2801 32nd Ave. S.W., Tumwater, 98512. Contact information: Shelly Willis, 360-754-7629.


FOR MORE INFORMATION on starting a parents for parents program in your state, Director of Family Resiliency strategies Alise morissey CAN BE REACHED AT 206-695-3215 OR alise.morrissey@chs-wa.org.