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Access Washington
This site offers information and links to Washington State Government agencies and departments.
http://www.access.wa.gov/

Strengthening Families Washington
Strengthening Families Washington is an initiative within the Department of Early Learning (DEL) that focuses on helping families: strengthen family bonds, understand childhood development, cope with the challenge of parenting, develop positive discipline skills.
http://www.del.wa.gov/development/strengthening/default.aspx/

Department of Early Learning
The Department of Early Learning strives to support access to safe, healthy, and quality early childhood development throughout Washington State.
http://www.del.wa.gov/

Department of Social and Health Resources
This webpage provides a quick and detailed view of DSHS, and is a user-friendly way to access information about their labyrinth of services.
http://www.dshs.wa.gov/

DSHS Division of Developmental Disabilities
For parents/caregivers who have family members with special needs or other health issues. The site also provides links to an extensive list of government and non-profit organizations and agencies serving adults and families of children with special needs.
http://www1.dshs.wa.gov/ddd/index.shtml

Kinship Care in Washington State Are you a grandparent or other family member raising a relative’s child? You are not alone. Over 35,000 people in Washington State are caring for a relative’s child. This section of the Dept. of Social and Health Services website can help you find information about services, programs and support.
http://www.dshs.wa.gov/kinshipcare/index.shtml

Office of Children and Families Ombudsman
The Family and Children's Ombudsman investigates complaints about agency actions or inaction that involve any child at risk of abuse, neglect, or other harm. In addition to addressing complaints, they work to identify system-wide issues and recommend appropriate changes in public reports to the Governor, the Legislature and agency officials.
http://www.governor.wa.gov/ofco/

Post Partum Depression Campaign
The Washington State Postpartum Depression (PPD) Awareness Campaign is committed to addressing PPD in ways that will inform, inspire and impact the future health of women, children and their families in Washington. This website contains basic information about PPD, support group contact information, brochures, internet links, a research section, and more.
http://www.del.wa.gov/development/strengthening/speakup.aspx

Washington Apple Health for Kids
Apple Health for Kids is a Washington State initiative aimed at streamlining applications for children's healthcare coverage. Many Washington children are still uncovered, even though they are eligible. Their parents just don't know the coverage is available. Don't make that mistake. Healthcare coverage doesn't just help when your children are sick. It also covers preventative care like immunizations, physical exams, and even dental check-ups. If your children need coverage, apply today!
http://hrsa.dshs.wa.gov/applehealth/