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Update: Good News!

(March 2015)

I first told you about Phaalen this past December. To refresh, hers is the story of a young woman who, at 15, was addicted, had a stillborn baby and lost her mom not long afterwards. She yearned for her mom’s love growing up but never received it. She knew no strong family bonds.  Phaalen became a mom herself. But her addiction started a downward spiral ending with losing her children.

Phaalen found Parent Trust’s Families in Recovery program. She learned for the first time how to keep her kids safe, to build healthy family bonds, and how to develop a strong, positive support system. She learned to take each day one at a time.

And Today...

Phaalen graduated from Parent Trust’s Families in Recovery program. She has a job she really enjoys, has found housing, and actively participates in regular support group meetings. All are HUGE accomplishments.

Best of all, Phaalen continues building strong bonds with her girls, working to create a healthy, solid home for her family.

Phaalen told us recently, “It makes me feel good to be employed again. And I am thankful for everything I have in my life today. I am 9 months clean and sober. And my daily journey opens new doors everyday.”

I hope you feel good, too, because you helped make the difference. You believed in Phaalen. You had her back. And today your generous gift is making the difference for a woman who once had no hope but is now on her way to a brighter future for her daughters and herself.

Thank you for caring enough to help Phaalen find the practical, real-world solutions that are helping equip her to be a good mom and make good, healthy life choices. You are her hero. And ours!


Meet Phaalen

“Parent Trust gives me another chance at being the mother I only once dreamed of being.” -- Phaalen

Who kept you safe when you were a child?      (December 2014)

Maybe for you it was a parent?  Maybe it was your grandparent or other family member.  Or, maybe you had no one at all and you know how important that one person is.

Phaalen wasn’t kept safe

Phaalen didn’t feel like she fit in when she was growing up. She felt isolated and longed for attention. Her father committed suicide when she was 6. All she knew was her Mom didn’t focus on her. Phaalen’s Mom didn’t keep her safe or away from drugs.

Phaalen was stressed, alone and aching to be loved.

By the time she was 15, Phaalen was an addict and had a son who never took a breath. “I was a lost child losing a child.”

She was devastated and didn’t recover. She tried to forget it ever happened. “I acted like a child, knowing what I was doing was wrong.”

Her mom died. Then Phaalen had 3 children. She was bewildered, lost and scared. Her addiction got worse and she spiraled out of control. Her kids were taken from her. She hit bottom. Phaalen knew she had to get her stuff together if she ever had a hope of seeing her children again.

Phaalen didn’t know how to be the good Mom that she longed to be.

She’d never had a good example. She’d never had a strong family bond. And she’d never received the love she so desperately craved. She had let her kids down, and herself down too.

But where could Phaalen go to find the help she needed?  She found it with Parent Trust, where she entered our Families In Recovery Program.

Today Phaalen is learning how to keep her kids safe and how to build strong family bonds with a strong support system. She’s tackling her drug problems head-on, one day at a time.

And she’s breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect she had known as a child, so her kids will grow up safe, strong and loved.

Being a parent is tough! Once problems arise it can be difficult to ask for help. Often individuals are aware they need guidance but aren’t sure where to start or how to ask for help. Parent Trust helps keep families safe.

Will you help make sure the next Phaalen’s children are not neglected, overlooked, and alone growing up?

Please let her know you believe in her. That you have her back. Your generous gift today will do just that.

For a secure online donation, click on the DONATE NOW button on this page.

On behalf of Phaalen we thank you for being a part of the Parent Trust family!

With gratitude,

Mark Buckley
Executive Director