Partnership with Thrive Washington
Washington state pioneered a unique approach to home visiting, with a public, private partnership between the Department of Children, Youth, and Families and Thrive Washington.
- DCYF oversees the management of all grants, contracts, reports and data collection.
- Thrive leads in supporting existing programs with coaching, training and general professional development to help them offer the highest-quality services possible. Thrive also helps communities launch home visiting services.
Strengthening Families Washington
Strengthening Families Washington is a program within the Department of Children, Youth, and Families whose main focus is helping families become stronger together through a variety of tactics, including:
- home visiting
- community outreach and partnerships
- funding opportunities with local organizations
In addition, we assist with several public awareness campaigns including, Speak Up When You’re Down and Have A Plan: Shaken Baby Syndrome and Safe Sleep.
There are five protective factors known to help reduce child abuse and neglect:
- Knowledge of parenting and child development
- Social connections
- Parental resiliency
- Concrete support in times of need
- Social and emotional competence of children
By providing information to parents, child care professionals and others who work with children, we help build these protective factors in families with young children and build family strength and a family environment that promotes optimal child and youth development.
Ways to Promote the Protective Factors
- Help parents set goals and solve problems (parental resilience).
- Find a local parenting class or workshop (knowledge of parenting and of child/youth development).
- Host a potluck or cultural celebration (social connections).
- Call 2-1-1 to find organizations in your area that support families (concrete supports).
- Establish a daily routine so your child knows what to expect (social and emotional development).
Community Cafes are another way we support promoting the protective factors. Community Cafes are guided conversations hosted by parent leaders who use the World Café technique to increase community wisdom, build parent voice and facilitate action to improve lives for children. It is a process that is designed, planned and implemented by parents, working with their community partners.
Nationally, Strengthening Families is coordinated by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) and supported by national partner organizations including:
- Child Welfare Information Gateway
- The Finance Project
- FRIENDS National Resource Center
- The National Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds
- Parents as Teachers
- United Way Worldwide
- ZERO TO THREE
We believe in partnering with parents and caregivers and encourage leadership and collaboration in all our work. If you are interested in opportunities or would like to partner with Strengthening Families Washington, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Strengthening Families works with local communities statewide to increase community capacity to institute and expand the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework © for all families.
DCYF is requesting applications from communities planning child abuse and prevention events. Please apply by December 31, 2018:
Do you know a parent, primary caregiver, guardian, foster or adoptive parent or a grandparent who shows one or more of these strengths:
- ability to bounce back from stress (parental resilience)
- a strong support system (social connections)
- understands their child’s developmental needs (knowledge of parenting and child development)
- shows empathy and support towards their child’s feelings (social and emotional competence of children)
- and not afraid to ask for help or receive help (concrete supports in times of need)
These five Protective Factors reduce stress and promote the well-being of ALL families. Everyone has stress, but when families increase Protective Factors, they build and draw on natural support networks within their families and communities.
Give us your nomination and we will give special recognition to 28 individuals from around the state by awarding them publicly with an Unsung Hero Award!
The Community Café approach sparks leadership to develop relationships necessary to strengthen families. The newest research is saying there are five critical protective factors a child needs to thrive. Strengthening families, to those using this approach, means working together to build these five protective factors.
This is a chapter of the national organization Prevent Child Abuse America. Together we work to shift existing national policy and support children and families to prevent abuse and neglect from ever occurring. Strengthening Families Washington administers the Children’s Trust Fund of Washington, which accepts public and private donations to support child abuse and neglect prevention. There are several ways to contribute:
- The Children’s Trust of Washington is housed within the Department of Children, Youth, and Families, and administered by Strengthening Families Washington. Strengthening Families Washington focuses on helping families strengthen family bonds, understand childhood development, and cope with the challenge of parenting. By reaching out to parents and encircling them with support we can help strengthen families, which protects children and builds strong communities overall. Preventing child abuse and neglect is an important way to promote healthy child and family development. If you would like to donate, please send contribution to:
- Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families Children’s Trust Fund of Washington P.O. Box 40971 Olympia, WA 98504-0971
- When you purchase a Keep Kids Safe license plate, you help keep children of all ages healthy and safe. Proceeds from each plate are invested into communities throughout Washington to support programs and services that help protect children and strengthen families. Learn how to purchase a Keep Kids Safe plate at the Department of Licensing website.
- Celebrate a new life with the official Washington State Heirloom Birth Certificate. A lasting memory of a baby's birth, a reminder of a cherished grandchild, the Heirloom Birth Certificate is the perfect gift for baby showers, birthdays, graduations, anniversaries—even retirements! The attractive, frameable, 8 1/2" x 11" certificate is an official document. It includes the individual's name, date and place of birth, as well as the name and birthplace of the parent(s). It is signed by the Governor, and printed in full color. The Heirloom Birth Certificate is a beautiful, permanent keepsake for anyone born or adopted in the state of Washington. Purchasing an Heirloom Birth Certificate helps protect children. More than half of the certificate's $40 purchase price benefits the Children's Trust Fund of Washington. To order an Heirloom Birth Certificate:
- Contact the Department of Health Center for Health Statistics at 360.236.4300 or visit their website.
- Donate through the Combined Fund Drive: Washington state active and retired public employees can donate to the Children's Trust Fund of Washington through the Combined Fund Drive (CFD). Search for Children's Trust Fund of Washington on the CFD's charity search page.