Resources for Foster Parents and Relative Caregivers

 


Local Support & Resources

Foster Supports of Jefferson County

Foster Supports is a group of dedicated volunteers who want to make your placement of a relative or foster child go just a little bit smoother.  We can help with clothes, meals for those first difficult days and can help you find durable goods like diapers, formula, strollers and more. We help foster parents, relative caregivers, and other suitable placements. 

If you are caring for a child in the dependency system, please reach out to us at fsjeffco@gmail.com or to Elsa at 360-643-1339.

Fostering Together Caregiver Liaison

Fostering Together contracts with DCYF to support caregivers, both licensed and non-licensed. Linda Cortani is the liaison for Jefferson & Clallam County. She describes herself as your new best friend when you have a sudden relative or foster placement. Linda is very responsive by both email and by phone.

Contact her at linda-cortani@olivecrest.org or by phone at 360-640-0869.  Linda holds the annual Back to School Backpack Event (for free school supplies) and also the Foster Parent Appreciation Dinner. She has a wealth of knowledge about the child welfare system. 

Recruit, Develop, Support Monthly Meetings

Monthly meetings to help recruit new foster parents and support the ones we currently have. Members of DCYF, Foster Supports and all caregivers of children in dependency (licensed and non-licensed)are invited. Meetings last 1.5 hours and can be focused around caregiver concerns. Please come! Childcare available upon request.

See our calendar or contact Foster Supports at fsjeffco@gmail.com to find out the times and locations of upcoming meetings. Typically held the 1st Tuesday of every month. 

Fostering Together Support Group for Foster Families and Relative Caregivers

Support group for caregivers with children in the foster system. Meetings are facilitated by Linda Cortani of Fostering Together. Meetings are typically held on the last Friday of every month at Unity Center of Port Townsend and are training focused. 

Support group and training information can also be found at fosteringtogether.org or by contacting Linda Cortani at

Little Ducklings Infant Nursery

Volunteer run, drop in infant care offered on sliding scale. trinityumcpt.org/nursery/

 

Mental Health Supports

Jumping Mouse Children's Center

Jumping Mouse provides children ages 2-12 with expressive mental health therapy. Their model of care includes weekly one-on-one play therapy sessions between the child and a specially trained therapist for as many weeks as necessary. While their child is in therapy, parents and caregivers also receive ongoing support. In addition, they meet with teachers and other important adults in the child’s life to develop a strong support system for the child and their family. Jumping Mouse also provides parent support through their Securing Connections parenting program.

To learn more about Jumping Mouse call (360) 379-5109 or visit their website at http://jumpingmouse.org/

Discovery Behavioral Health

Mental health clinic serving patients 4 years of age - adulthood in Jefferson County. Discovery Behavioral Health has an open door policy that anyone in crisis can walk in the clinic during open hours or call a 24 hour phone line and talk to someone on the crisis team for FREE. Discovery Behavioral Health takes Medicaid patients and offers Youth & Family Services, often for FREE to people caring for children on Medicaid. 

Learn more at http://www.discoverybh.org/our-services/ or by calling 360-385-0321. 

 

Free Services

Complimentary Car Seat Checks

East Jefferson Fire Rescue provides complimentary car seat checks and will train new parents/grandparents, etc. in initial installation of car seats.  The car seat checks take place  at the administrative headquarters at 24 Seton Road, at the entrance to the Glen Cove industrial park just outside of Port Townsend. The car seat checks typically take about 30 minutes and we ask that the attendee bring their car seat manual and be prepared to be hands-on in the training. We will also conduct group car seat installation training (no formal certification) for organizations who transport children for others. 

Contact Bill Beezley at EJFR at 360-385-2626 to schedule a car seat check or initial installation.

Reading/writing tutoring

One on one sessions available this summer. Any child will benefit from the extra attention an experienced teacher who loves to read and write herself can provide!

Contact Foster Supports of Jefferson County for more info and availability. 

Optometrist

Dr. David Schores, OD 150 Chimacum Rd. Port Hadlock, WA 360-385-1093

Children with Coordinated Care get one eye exam per 12 months including refraction.  New glasses are covered and need to be ordered through Correctional Industries Optical (CI Optical).  Molly at Dr. David Schores at 150 Chimacum Rd Port Hadlock was most knowledgable about the system for this.  They are open Monday through Friday 8 to 5 ( Wednesday from 8 to 12) Phone is 360-385-1093. They are the only one in Jefferson Co that accepts Apple Health so there will probably be a wait for an appointment.  They do work emergencies in sooner and they can repair glasses.

Any questions, direct them to Coordinated Care at 1-844-354-9876

Working Image 

Established in 1999 and a 501c3, would like to provide interested teen girls with a few outfits from our shop of donated, clean and fashionable clothes.  Included in the visit will also be an outfit for the foster or relative caregiver mom.  If you are interested please contact Ellen Peterson at 360.301.6902 to make arrangements so that Working Image can provide you with some clothes. Working Image is located at 1925 Blaine Street in Port Townsend.  Our hours our Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, although we can adjust to accommodate school hours.  Please visit our website at workingimage.org

 

Free or Reduced Activities & Resources in Jefferson County

Port Townsend Marine Science Center

PT Marine Science Center is offering a free membership and summer camp scholarships to foster families. For a list of camps and availability, see camps webpage. Any family that is interested can fill out an application (link is at the bottom of the camps page). To take advantage of this amazing offer, send an email to Foster Supports at fsjeffco@gmail.com!

YMCA/ After the Bell

YMCA offers an after school program called After the Bell. The program combines physical activity with homework support and project based learning. The YMCA is experienced with helping foster parents navigate payment for the program with DSFS. More information can be found on their website: https://www.olympicpeninsulaymca.org/locations/branch/jefferson-county-ymca/ or by calling 360-385-5811

Cedarbrook Early Learning Center

Cedarbrook is currently the only licensed childcare in Jefferson County. Cedarbrook is skilled with working with foster parents and DSHS. They encourage foster families to reach out early, even before a child is placed, to become familiar with the center and their unique program. Cedarbrook serves children ages 1 month- 12 years. Foster families receive free childcare through DSHS. You can reach them at (360) 379-2271

Jefferson County Parks and Recreation

Jefferson County Parks and Rec has made a pledge to support kids in foster care and relative care to keep them active and engaged in sports. The offer both spring and fall soccer for kids Pre K- 6th grade. They also have a free cleat exchange at the Rec Center in Uptown PT. Please contact Chris Macklin directly at cmacklin@countyrec.com or 360-385-2221.  

Mountain View Pool

Mountain View Pool offers swim lessons by free of charge through a scholarship available to any children who are working with DCYF. The scholarship is $50 per applicant with a maximum reward of $200 per family, per year. The pool also offers a free day of swimming every month, on the 2nd Sunday. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information please visit http://cityofpt.us/pool/ or call 360-385-POOL (7665)

Horse Skills Opportunity

Salish Spirit Equine Assisted Therapy is a non-profit program operating in Jefferson County.  Karen Reedy of this organization has offered to our children over 7 years old that are in the dependency system an opportunity to participate.  It would most likely involve: introduction to the horse, safety around the horse, general horse knowledge, grooming, tacking up for a ride and possibly riding. (The 8 week program that this organization runs is full for 2018, however, they will offer this one day opportunity.)

Process for trying this resource:

  1. Check with your caseworker to get their OK.

  2. Contact Foster Supports for the referral to Salish Spirit. fsjeffco@gmail.com

Haircuts

Melissa Pursley owner of the Wash House Salon, 921 Washington Street, Port Townsend, has generously offered to provide hair cuts to any child who is a dependent in Jefferson County.  She will even come to your home if that is helpful.  First get the OK from the caseworker and then just call her and leave a message at 310-403-1220 and say you are referred by Foster Supports.
 

 

Regional Support

Fostering Together

Fostering Together's mission is to find new foster families for children and also to support existing families. They help families with the licensing process and provide ongoing support ensure their success. Linda Cortani, the regional liaison for Jefferson County, holds support meetings, creates training opportunities and generally holds families close. She is a great resource for free and reduced cost activities and resources. She can be reached at linda-cortani@olivecrest.org or by phone at 360-640-0869

The Foster Parents Association of Washington State (FPAWS)

is a non-profit corporation chartered in 1973 providing support and services to foster families throughout the State of Washington. Our Association has evolved over the years to develop direct support for adoptivefoster and kinship parents as well as initiating legislative action for the betterment of foster and adoptive families. Learn more at https://www.fpaws.org/

Independent Living Services

is designed to support youth as they transition from foster care to adulthood. Gwen Cole serves both Jefferson County and Clallam County as the ILS coordinator. She can be reached at clallam.jefferson.ils@gmail.com or by calling her 360-808-9259 -- Cell Phone. Gwen can help navigate various issues that come up for teens including paying for driver's education and getting free supplies for students like laptops. 

Keep the Beat CPR and First Aid Training for Foster Parents

Keep the Beat offers this class to ALL caregivers of foster children free of charge. This includes, grandparents, babysitters, etc.   Keep the Beat provides these classes, statewide, free of charge, whether you are licensed or not. Learn more here: http://www.keepthebeatcpr.org/reg3fosterclasses.htm

Caregiver Connection  

An essential resource for those providing care to children involved in the Washington State child welfare system. This newsletter is published monthly by the Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence in partnership with the Washington State DSHS Children's Administration. Take a look at the current issue or an archive of past issues here.  

 

Free or Reduced Activities for Foster Families Visiting Seattle

Living Computer Museum 

collection in Seattle presents the meaningful milestones in the evolution of computers and how people use them. The collection was assembled by Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen as a way to preserve the history that put him and Bill Gates on the path to founding the company. They are pleased to offer discounted admission and family memberships to foster families. For more information call (206) 342-2020.

Pacific Science Center 

offers a one year membership for foster youth/caregivers. Benefits include: unlimited admission to permanent exhibits, planetarium and matinee laser shows, 15 free documentary IMAX movie passes, free or discounted admission to special exhibitions. Youth 14-18 can obtain their own free membership and caregivers obtain a free family membership for those under 14. Youth under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult when visiting. Any foster youth/caregiver are eligible. To sign up, email membership@pacsci.org or visit the Science Center.

Seattle Aquarium 

is a place you will always see, touch and explore something new and exciting every time you visit. Two caregivers and up to 5 children in your care full time can visit free.  Show one of the three valid signed foster/kinship cards; either licensed, unlicensed or kinship navigator card upon admission.

Seattle Children's Museum

guarantees an interactive experience, allowing little hands and growing minds to explore, play and learn. With 22,000 square feet of exhibits, children 10 months to 10 years old and their families can learn and explore together. Show your foster child’s Provider One Card for $1.00 entry fee. For those without a Provider One Card normal admission cost apply.

KidsQuest Children's Museum 

is a whole new world of exploration and play.  Exhibits and programming introduce children 0-10 to the joy of learning through hands-on experience. Climb, splash, crawl, build, and pretend indoors and out! Admission is $3 per person if you bring your Provider One or WIC card with you upon admission.

Museum of Flight 

is the largest independent, non-profit air and space museum in the world. The first Thursday of each month, the Museum is open from 5:00pm -9:00pm with FREE ADMISSION.

 

Free or Reduced Activities for Foster Families visiting Olympia & Tacoma

Hands On Children’s Museum in Olympia is a unique community resource that serves as an exciting, educational gathering place where children and parents can learn and play together! The museum offers $2 off single visits and a discounted basic foster family memberships. Must provide current foster parent documentation at the time of purchase.

The Children’s Museum of Tacoma is proud to support our community by providing free memberships for all foster care families in Pierce County. To sign up a foster family for a free membership visit the Admissions Desk at the Museum and show one of the three valid signed foster/kinship cards; either licensed, unlicensed or kinship navigator card upon admission.


The Washington State History Museum in Tacoma is pleased to offer foster families a very low admission rate of $1 per person or $2 per family. To access this discount show one of the three valid signed foster/kinship cards; either licensed, unlicensed or kinship navigator card and photo ID at the admissions desk during regular museum hours. The museum is also free of charge for all visitors on the third Thursday of each month from 3pm-8pm.