Support Group & Class Information
Dates, times and locations are subject to change - please contact each program to confirm before planning to attend. All groups are free unless listed otherwise.
Parents for Parents Dependency 101 Class
Dependency 101 Class is designed to educate parents about the dependency system that they must navigate in order to have their children returned, as well as to provide tools and resources that help empower parents to be successful during their dependencies. The class is peer-led by parent allies who have successfully navigated the child welfare system.
Aberdeen: 2nd Tuesday of each month from 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Grays Harbor CASA, South Shore Mall, 1017 S. Boone St. #312, Aberdeen, contact information: Alexa Montoure, (360) 580-1254
Bellingham: 3rd Wednesday of each month from 12:00pm - 2:00pm, Whatcom County Courthouse, 311 Grand Ave, Room #501, Bellingham, WA 98225, contact information: Cherish Larson, (360) 961-1650.
Bremerton: 2nd Friday of each month from 9:00am - 11:00am and 4th Monday of each month from 4:00pm-6:00pm. Classes are held at Bremerton DCFS office 3432 6th Street, Bremerton, WA 98312, contact information: (360)337-5447.
Everett: Denny Youth Center, contact information, Gina Enochs, (425)583-8377
Kent: Second Wednesday of each month - 11:30am to 1:30pm, Maleng Regional Justice Center (detention side of complex) 620 West James, Room B-174A, Kent, WA 98032, contact information: Dana Dildine, (206) 477-2566
Seattle: Third Thursday of each month - 11:30am-1:30pm - 9th Floor, Room C-912, King County Superior Court, 516 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104, contact information: Dana Dildine, (206) 477-2566
Spokane: Third Wednesday of every month - 11:30am - 1:30pm, and fourth Thursday of every month - 2:30pm - 4:30pm, Juvenile Court House, 1208 West Mallon, Spokane, WA 99201, contact information: Heather Cantamessa, (509)477-2439.
Tacoma: Every 2nd Thursday - 1:00pm - 3:00pm and every 4th Thursday 4:00pm - 6:00pm, DSHS building -parents wait in the 2nd floor lobby before meeting.
Tacoma also has Dependency 201 and 301 classes held at the Multicultural Child and Family Hope Center, 2029 South 19th St, Tacoma, WA 98405, contact: (253) 539-6641
Tumwater/Olympia: Every 3rd Tuesday, 12:30-2:00pm, Thurston County Family & Juvenile Courthouse Law Library, 2801 32nd Ave SW, Tumwater, WA 98501, contact information, Tonia Morrison, (360)754-7629
Yakima: Bi-monthly, Thursdays, 2:30-4:00pm, Casey Family Programs, 404 North 3rd St, Yakima, contact information: Dan Gaudette, 509-654-2252.
Life During CPS - Parent Support Group
Life During CPS is a safe & positive environment for moms and dads involved with CPS, to share their success and struggles while working toward reuniting with their children. This on-going group is peer-led by parent allies who have successfully navigated the child welfare system providing support, resources & tools, and sharing their experiences, strength and hope to help parents be successful in their dependency cases.
Everett: Friday nights, 6:00pm - 7:30pm, Refuge Church, 2701 Wetmore, Everett, WA 98201, contact information: Vickie Wilson, (425)350-8837
Seattle: Every Thursday, 4:30pm - 6:00pm, Childhaven, 316 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122, contact information: Manisha Jackson, (206) 853-2088, Richard Curry, (206) 602-0905 or Aubrey Washington, (206) 380-3517
Fatherhood Engagement Group
For fathers who have a child involved in the child welfare system, provides resources, parent education, support and guidance facilitated by a father who has successfully navigated the system.
Everett: Wednesday nights, 6:00pm - 7:30pm, Visions Church,1917 California Street , Everett, WA 98201, contact information: Shayne Rochester, (425) 622-6928
Mount Vernon: Thursday nights, 6:30pm-8:00pm, Nelson Hall - Room 101, Skagit Valley Community College, 2405 East College Way, Mount Vernon, WA 98273, contact information: Trace Prael (360) 679-7187 or Manuel Padilla, (360) 223-5205
Seattle: Wednesday nights, 6:00-7:30pm, Matt Talbot Center, 2313 3rd Ave., Seattle, WA 98121, contact information: Jason Bragg, (425) 346-4889
Tacoma: Wednesday nights, 5:00pm-6:30pm, Multicultural Child and Family Hope Center, 2021 S 19th St, Tacoma, WA 98405, contact: LaRon Burris, (206) 902-6413
Links & Publications
Rise Magazine, a New York-based organization that trains parents to write about their experiences with the child welfare system in order to support parents and parent advocacy and to guide child welfare professionals and policymakers in becoming more responsive to the families and communities they serve. http://risemagazine.org
Rise published a special edition, From Rights to Reality which is designed to unite parents and parent advocacy around a common set of goals. It identifies 15 rights for parents affected by the child welfare system illustrated by parent's stories.
Download a copy here.
"I went from somebody who never really had any kind of job or job skills to somebody who is working. I went from being somebody who didn't go to high school but have a bachelor's degree from Whitworth University. That's the kind of stuff that peer support helps us with."
Ambrosia, reunified mother
"Before I went to Parents for Parents Dep. 101 class I was angry and felt like a victim.
After taking the class and speaking with parent allies, I was more aware of my situation and was inspired to do what I needed to do to quicker. I knew that reunification was possible."
John, reunified father
Parent Ally Support Helps Families Succeed
Washington State Parent Ally Committee
c/o Children's Home Society of Washington
PO Box 15190
Seattle, WA 98115