Accepting Nominations for the Engaging Father Award

April 18, 2023
father and child hugging

The Department of Children, Youth, and Families wants to recognize fathers who have had a successful outcome with their child welfare case for the Inaugural Engaging Father Celebration in June.

The recipient will receive two nights at Great Wolf Lodge Water Park-Grand Mound.

To be eligible, the father:

  • Must have a child in dependency (within the past 12 months)
  • Must live in Washington State

Nominations need to include the following:

  • The father’s name
  • Why they should be recognized
  • Examples of the father demonstrating positive behavioral changes (ex: participating in the process)

This award/celebration is part of DCYF’s Engaging Fathers project (previously called Fathers Matter). Historically, child welfare agencies have had a difficult time engaging with fathers. The purpose of Engaging Fathers is to partner with biological fathers throughout the dependency process.

If you know a father that would like to be considered, please email nomination information by Sunday, April 30, 2023.