Lutheran Community Services Northwest 


Lutheran Community Services Northwest (LCSNW) is a non-profit, multi-service, human services agency whose mission is to partner with individuals, families and communities for health, justice and hope. We accomplish our mission through community partnerships, and a variety of services including family support and advocacy, community building, refugee resettlement and support services, mental health services, and permanency for children through family reunification, foster care and adoption.

Mission Statement
Lutheran Community Services Northwest (LCSNW) partners with individuals, families, and communities for health, justice, and hope.
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Lutheran Community Services Northwest
4040 S 188th St Ste 300 
(206) 901-1685 

David Duea 


Lutheran Community Services Northwest Programs

Lutheran Community Services Northwest responds to the emerging needs of communities through diverse programs in Western Washington. 

Foster Care and Adoption
LCSNW provides safe and stable homes for abused and neglected children in King and Snohomish Counties. 
  • The Permanency Planning Foster-Adopt Program ensures that every child who enters foster care has a safe, loving, permanent home at the earliest age possible. A leader in the concurrent planning field, Family Specialists work with birth family, foster family, and children toward two goals – either to see each child reunified with birth family, or to see them adopted by their foster family. With this plan, children in the program are protected from the harmful effects of moves between multiple foster homes, and can begin on a path of healing and hope.  
  • The Refugee and Immigrant Children’s Program places unaccompanied refugee and immigrant children in loving foster homes. Fleeing war, extreme poverty, neglect, or abandonment, these children have no adult to care for them and would otherwise face a bleak future. Foster parents in King and Snohomish Counties provide security, hope, love, and family. These resilient children come from all over the world, most recently from countries such as Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Burma, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Afghanistan and Iraq.
The children and families in each of our foster care programs receive ongoing wraparound support, in-house training, and tailored resources to help them to thrive together.

Family Support Programs 
Our eight Family Support Centers are located throughout the North Puget Sound region and are focused on reducing crisis situations and strengthening families through ongoing support services, increasing access to local resources, decreasing isolation and building community.Family Support Centers work side by side with participants to enhance the strengths and capacities of each individual and families; serve as a hub for the community; work for positive social change; affirm and strengthen families' cultural, racial, and linguistic identities; and enhance every individual's ability to function in a multicultural society.

Mental Health for Refugees, Asylees and Immigrants 
International Counseling and Community Services (ICCS) helps newcomers become a successful, thriving, and contributing member of their new community, by offering mental health and social services designed to heal from past trauma and current migration issues. 
  • International Counseling and Community Services is a licensed mental health agency that primarily serves refugee and asylum-seeking individuals. International Counseling currently provides services to over 400 individuals each year. Clients come from all over the world including the diverse regions of the former Soviet Union, Somalia, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Rwanda, and more. Clients are provided services in their native language, often by mental health providers from their country. 
  • Northwest Health and Human Rights (NWHHR) is collaboration between Lutheran Community Services Northwest, Harborview Medical Center, and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. NWHHR provides medical, legal, and mental health services to survivors of torture who live in Western Washington and provides consultation and capacity building in Eastern Washington. In the first two years of its existence, this partnership served over 400 individuals from over 40 different countries.
  • Pathways to Wellness: Integrating Refugee Health and Well-being project helps identify and refer new arrival refugees who are experiencing extreme emotional distress.  Pathways also provides outreach to refugee communities around issues common to trauma and adjustment, and provides training to mental health providers so that they can better work with refugees. 

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

This past year has brought many successes and opportunities to the programs of LCSNW: 

Children's Services Foster Care and Adoption Programs  
  • 100% of the children in LCSNW foster care live in stable and safe foster homes, free from abuse and neglect.
  • In 2014, LCSNW foster care youth had a 100% high school graduation rate, with 100% of graduates receiving scholarships to two or four year colleges. 
  • Since 1980 LCSNW foster care programs have provided services for children and families.
Family Support Centers
  • In 2014, the majority of surveyed participants said being involved with the Family Centers helped increase skills and knowledge of needed community resources, as well as made them more connected to their community and community members.
  • The Family Support Centers have expanded to include a Family Support Center in Arlington enabling them to provide increased critical basic needs services, respond to the ongoing needs from the Highway 530 slide, and increase programming in Snohomish County.
  • Through the Annual Back to School Fairs and Holiday Giving Projects, the Family Support Centers worked with community members to provide 6,479 economically disadvantaged people with school supplies, holiday meals, and gifts for their families.
  International Counseling and Community Services 
  • Pathways to Wellness developed a validated instrument for screening new arrival refugees for emotional distress. Called the Refugee Health Screener-15, the tool is now being used on four continents and in over 150 locales around the United States. 
  • The first torture-treatment collaborative in Washington State, Northwest Health and Human Rights, served over 400 people in its first two years.

Organizational Needs
Lutheran Community Services Northwest has had many successes thanks to the supporters of our programs. We continue to seek: 
  • Operational support and funding to build financial sustainability for our programs, 
  • Volunteers to help us further our mission, and
  • Loving adults, individuals or couples, who are willing to become foster families for children in need. 


    Lutheran Community Services Northwest (LCSNW) partners with individuals, families and communities for health, justice and hope.  Founded in 1926, LCSNW has a long history of providing programs for children, youth and families in North Puget Sound communities.  LCSNW serves over 80,000 individual’s annually in three states – Washington, Oregon and Idaho – and provides a wide array of community-based programs. Funds requested in this application are for the Arlington Community Resource Center (ACRC), which is community based program led by LCSNW and based out of our North Puget Sound office.


    Proven Success 
    Their Northwest Health and Human Rights collaboration between LCSNW’s International Counseling and Community Services, Harborview Medical Center, and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project has served over 400 clients from over 40 different countries, in its first 2 years.

    Their network of Family Support Centers continue enabling community members to access resources and build connections through parenting education and support, violence prevention, community education, services and events. We have recently expanded to include an 8th family support center in Arlington to serve as a centralized location to house information, share resources and mobilize support for families and individuals living in the city of Arlington and further outlying, rurally isolated areas along Stillaguamish Valley.

    This year marks the 35th anniversary of their Children’s Services Foster Care Programs, proving their continued commitment to excellence in their work with both refugee/immigrant and foster children from all different backgrounds and experiences to be placed in loving foster homes.

    The Pathways to Wellness program, providing early intervention and evidenced-based screening to help refugees with significant depression, anxiety and traumatic stress, continues to provide these individuals the care they need to heal. Their nationally recognized Refugee Health Screener – 15 (RHS-15) is a tool developed by Pathways to Wellness, and is the first mental health screener designed specifically for use with refugee populations in a primary care setting. The tool has been utilized across the country, with Pathways to Wellness offering webinars and technical assistance to those who adapt it for use. 

    LCSNW welcomed a new leader to the organization, with President/CEO David Duea taking the helm on July 1, 2014.  David comes to our agency from HopeSparks Family Services in Tacoma, where he had been CEO since 2001. He has served in the non-profit human services field since graduating from Pacific Lutheran University in 1989 and has extensive experience with services focusing on the needs of youth and families.

    His focus will be to continue providing family support, mental health services, foster care and adoption services to thousands of individuals and families in communities across the Northwest, while also cultivating relationships, empowering leaders and achieving a successful leadership transition. His long-term focus will be to lead the organization to the next level of health, justice and hope for those we serve.

    LCSNW uses collaborative relationships to maintain effectiveness in the midst of economic challenges. LCSNW works with over 80 organizations, community businesses, groups and individuals to coordinate and supplement the services it provides.

    Recent partnerships have resulted in group homes for foster youth, long-term recovery efforts for families affected by the Highway 530 Slide, mental health services and counseling, and much more. Key partnerships in developing and implementing life changing services have included United Way, Harborview Hospital, the City of Seattle, King County Public Health, and the University of Washington, Seattle, among others.

    Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

    Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

    10/21/2015 $10,000.00support general operating support.
    9/10/2013 $25,000.00support the Healthy Families Program.
    12/10/2012 $20,000.00provide general operating support.
    12/10/2011 $25,000.00support general operating expenses.
    9/14/2010 $12,500.00to support the Parent Line program in Clallam County, with a focus on the Quileute Tribe.
    6/10/2010 $25,000.00support general operating expenses.
    12/10/2007 $40,000.00support general operating expenses for the Cascade People's Center and The Village at Angle Lake Family Resource Center.


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