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Children's Home Society of Washington 

Description

A leader and voice for children since 1896, Children’s Home Society of Washington stands as the premier service provider to ensure the safety, security and success of Washington state’s children.

Our multiservice agency works to prevent child abuse and neglect and encourages healthy child development, strong familial bonds and community engagement. CHSW boasts one of Washington state’s most robust family services networks, and protects, educates and counsels thousands of children each year.

Mission Statement
To develop healthy children, create strong families, build engaged communities, and speak and advocate for children.
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Children's Home Society of Washington
PO Box 15190 
Seattle 
WA
98115-0190 
(206) 695-3200 

D. Sharon Osborne 
President 

Programs

Children's Home Society of Washington Programs

A nationally recognized and accredited agency, Children’s Home Society of Washington offers the highest quality of services for children and families to face life’s most difficult challenges. Our continuum of care ranges from support and prevention services to intervention and treatment programs. After a century of service, we continue to evolve and adapt programs to meet the growing and diverse needs of children and families while remaining committed to our mission and vision.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

Being a parent is challenging. It can be even more so without a strong support system of other parents to share experiences, ideas and insight.

Brianna Smith, a mother of three girls, learned how to create lasting relationships thanks to the home visiting staff at Children's Home Society of Washington's South King County Family Resource Center (SKCFRC).

Brianna has a developmental disability that makes it difficult for her to connect with others. Before the birth of her third daughter, Abby, Brianna took part in CHSW’s Early Head Start (EHS) prenatal services, and both are now enrolled in the Early Head Start home visiting program. 

The EHS home visiting program includes weekly home visits that strengthen families by providing activities that build parent-child bonds and promote healthy development. 

Brianna’s Early Head Start home visitor said that when they first met, Brianna was very introverted and untrusting of others. However, as their visits progressed, Brianna began to open up. 

“The Early Head Start program provided kind of a refresher course in parenting for me,” said Brianna. “I get to interact with other parents, and my youngest daughter gets to play with other children her age.”

To get her more involved socially, Brianna’s home visitor encouraged her to attend the EHS group social that meets weekly at a nearby YMCA. At the YMCA, Brianna attended many of the parent-child playgroups.“I enrolled in a Zumba fitness class and lost weight, quit smoking, and made several friends,” Brianna said.

For the first time in her life, Brianna connected socially with people who weren’t part of her family.

Today, Brianna is a volunteer assistant Zumba instructor at the YMCA.She regularly attends EHS family night activities with her partner, Mike, and her daughters—Leta, 10, Yuna, 8, and Abby, now 2½—and as Abby prepares to enter Head Start, she’s developing on track so she will be prepared for her first day of kindergarten in a couple of years.

“Brianna has come a long way since walking in our doors and has really excelled,” said Melanie Krevitz, program manager for the SKCFRC. “She proved to herself that anything is possible.”

Evaluation


Children’s Home Society of Washington is the largest statewide children’s nonprofit organization and provides a full continuum of support for families in their efforts to raise healthy children. Services are based on the concepts of empowerment, parent involvement, and community partnership. Each center has adaptive programming that can be evaluated on an on-going basis to respond to community-identified unmet needs.

Proven Success
CHSW has been a leader in Early Learning and Family Support services. It offers high quality and results-oriented services and is committed to pursuing best practices in the field. Children and family programs encourage community connections by building relationships and trust within and across communities to reduce social isolation and help participants build social networks. Programs are designed to encourage collective participation, develop local leadership, and promote neighborhood organizing, while facilitators connect residents to resources and local leaders to create change for their families and community.

Accessibility
The North Seattle and Auburn Family Resource Centers create inviting community spaces and engage diverse individuals, families, and organizations from the surrounding neighborhoods. Both Centers serve very low-income residents who represent a diverse range of racial, ethnic and cultural groups including African, African Americans, Asian, Eastern European, Latinos, Middle Eastern, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, and recent immigrants and refugees from various countries. Staff diversity reflects the community they serve allowing the organization to provide resources that are appropriate to families’ language, literacy, cultural values, and acculturation levels.

Sustainability
Children’s Home Society of Washington has served children and families in our state for more than 115 years and has remained resilient and responsive in a volatile economic environment. CHSW Board of Trustees and senior leadership have adopted a conservative budget to maintain lean but efficient administrative and program operations.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

DateAmountPurpose
6/10/2012 $15,000.00support general operating expenses.
12/10/2010 $27,000.00support general operating expenses.
10/5/2006 $2,200.00support the purchase of equipment for the indoor play park at Key Peninsula Family Resource Center.
6/16/2005 $35,000.00support general operating expenses.

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