Parent Ally, Shrounda Selivanoff accepted the Lee Ann Miller Award at the 2013 Children's Justice Conference in recognition of WSPAC's work furthering the mission of the Children's Justice Act: "Promoting Safety and Protection of Children."

The Washington State Parent Advocacy Committee (WSPAC) formed  after delegates at the 2006  Washington State Family Engagement Summit convened by Children's Home Society of Washington's Catalyst for Kids identified the need for structured opportunities to hear the voice of parents who have successfully navigated the child welfare system.  Catalyst for Kids with support from Casey Family Programs and birth parent, Brenda Lopez launched the WSPAC in March 2007.  Children's Home Society of Washington's Office of Policy and Innovation currently provides staffing to the committee.

Our History

About Us

The Washington State Parent Ally Committee mission is to maintain and/or safely reunite children with their birth parents or relatives.

Our Mission

Values & Beliefs

The Washington State Parent Ally Committee (WSPAC) is an association of Parent Allies, who have successfully navigated the child welfare system, who collaborate to improve outcomes for families entering that system. 

The WSPAC brings the parent voice into the development of child welfare policy and practice; promotes improved and equitable outcomes for all children and parents; and advocates for parent leadership in the direct service, training and public awareness activities that strengthen and support those families.​ We do this by networking, training and developing parent ally leaders, and educating policy-makers about issues of relevance to families in the child welfare system. Parent Ally members are empowered to use their voices to create change in the systems that support families and also within their own lives. 

  • Parent Advocacy in Washington State is ultimately about and for the children.
  • People and systems can change.
  • Parent to parent support is empowering.
  • Parents who have successfully navigated the child welfare system are necessary partners in the process of systems change.
  • Parent Allies provide hope and inspiration both to parents, child welfare agency personnel, attorneys, courts, community service providers, foster parents, etc. 
  • Fathers need to be heard. By strengthening fathers' involvement and participation in the child welfare system, we can address barriers that prevent fathers from actively engaging in their child's case.
  • Members of the Washington State Parent Ally Committee should reflect the gender and racial diversity of the families in the child welfare system.
  • Everyone has worth.
  • Our work focuses on overcoming challenges and building strengths.