These websites offer a world of information. Inclusion of any links is not an endorsement by Parent Trust for Washington Children. Content in this section is the property of the organization whose website it is posted on.
Washington State Government
This site offers information and links to Washington State Government agencies and departments.
Department of Children Youth and Families
Entry point for services related to: child care/early learning, child development supports, child welfare system, foster and kinship care, adoption, at-risk and runaway youth, and child protective services.
Dept. of Health Children with Special Needs
The Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Program is in the Healthy Starts and Transitions unit in the Office of Family and Community Health Improvement at the Department of Health. The program promotes an integrated system of services for infants, children and youth up to age 18 years who have or are at risk for chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional conditions and require health and related services of a type or amount beyond what is generally needed. https://doh.wa.gov/you-and-your-family/infants-and-children/health-and-safety/children-and-youth-special-health-care-needs
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 services.
Kinship Care Washington State
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.
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.
Strengthening Families Washington
Strengthening Families Washington is a program within the Department of Children, Youth & Families whose main focus is helping families become stronger together through a variety of tactics, including: Home visiting, Community outreach and partnerships, Funding opportunities with local organizations.
Health and Safety
Lifespan Respite Washington
Information about the availability and type of respite for those in need, from parents caring for children to children caring for their parents. Applications for respite vouchers on the website.
Medline Plus: Child Development
MedlinePlus brings together information from the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. The Child Development section of the website contains latest news, updates, research info, overviews of child development, specific conditions and issues–all related to children and health.
Doctor reviewed advice, separate parent, kid, teen sections, articles, slideshows, videos and health tools, free lesson plans for teachers.
US Consumer Product Safety Commission
The CPSC Provides updates on recalled toys, children’s furniture, and other products, and can deliver this information to your email box.
Within Reach provides essential resources for family health, including connections to free or low-cost health insurance (Medicaid, SCHIP, and Children’s Health Insurance), nutrition resources (food stamps, WIC, food banks), family planning services, low cost child care, and immunizations.
Parenting and Child Development
Being a Step Parent
UK website specifically for step parents and their families. Advice and information about children, partners and ex-partners, financial issues, parenting, teenagers, everyday life and other family members.
Child Care Aware of Washington
Child Care Aware of Washington is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that every child in Washington has access to high-quality child care and early learning programs. Created by state statute in 1986 and incorporated in 1989, it is the only statewide child care resource and referral program in Washington.
Childhaven’s mission focuses on serving children ages one month through five years who have suffered abuse and neglect. Infants and children with open CPS or CWS cases may be enrolled at one of Childhaven’s four child care branches in King County.
Circle of Parents®
The Circle of Parents® National Network represents a partnership of parent leaders and 26 statewide (including Parent Trust for Washington Children) and regional organizations in 25 states. Website also has parenting information.
Elizabeth Pantley's Website
Offers advice on No-Cry solutions for sleep, potty training, and discipline questions.
National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated at Rutgers University
The mission: to raise awareness about the needs and concerns of the children of the incarcerated and their families.
The research-based family of products developed by Talaris Institute to support parents and caregivers in raising socially and emotionally healthy children
UW Autism Center
The Autism Center provides intervention services, diagnostic evaluation, and program consultation for children from birth through adolescence with autism spectrum disorder.
Zero to Three
Includes articles for parents on: child development, early language, health and nutrition, play, sleep, emotional development, and how parents can support baby’s learning.
Expectant and New Parent
Dedicated to improving the quality of maternity care, and promoting research-based, effective, satisfying care. Articles, evidence based information.
Offers resources for expectant parents, including articles on a wide variety of topics related to pregnancy, birth and babies.
A series of four books for parents of children from birth to age three developed by Nova Scotia’s Department of Health and Wellness. Includes comprehensive guide to baby care; infant cues, developmental milestones, games to play with baby, breastfeeding basics, how to cope with crying, sleep issues, bathing and cord care, health and safety. http://www.gov.ns.ca/hpp/lovingcare/
March of Dimes Pregnancy and Newborn Health Education Center
Information for pregnant and new mothers AND fathers about prenatal care, medical testing, healthy lifestyle choices to prevent birth defects and preterm birth.
National Women's Health Network
Provides lots of basic information on prenatal care, healthy pregnancy, labor and birth, breastfeeding, finding childcare, and more.
Program for Early Parent Support
PEPS offers support groups for parents of newborns, older babies, and toddlers. Groups are offered throughout King and Snohomish Counties. Meetings include opportunities for sharing the joys and challenges of parenting, giving and getting support, and learning songs to sing to your baby. http://www.pepsgroup.org
Transition to Parenthood
A website developed by Great Starts trainer, Janelle Durham. Includes: articles for expectant parents on pregnancy, birth, and babies; resources for childbirth educators such as class lesson plans and handouts; and lists of parenting resources in the Seattle area.
Policy and Research
Center of Human Development and Disability
The Clinical Training Unit at UCDD. The assessment and treatment of children with or at risk for developmental disabilities, using a family-centered, community-based, culturally competent approach.
Statewide child advocacy organization. Their mission is to improve the well being of children in Washington by effecting positive changes in public policies, priorities, and programs.
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Provides access to information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families.
Families and advocacy partners work together to communicate developmental disabilities issues in Washington State.
Mockingbird Society works to improve foster care and end youth homelessness. The Mockingbird Youth Network is a powerful statewide coalition of young people affected by foster care. Mockingbird engages youth in developing leadership and advocacy skills.
Organizational Research Services
ORS has accumulated extensive experience in the design and implementation of practical and effective evaluations for program improvement and accountability. Using empowerment evaluation strategies, ORS has helped many agencies conduct evaluations of programs and initiatives.
Promising Practices Network
Highlights programs and practices that credible research indicates are effective in improving outcomes for children, youth, and families. The information offered is organized around three major areas: Proven and Promising Programs, Research in Brief, and Strengthening Service Delivery
RAND Corporation: Child Policy
RAND Child Policy serves as a gateway to RAND research on children’s issues from prenatal to age 18, and provides easy access to objective information that will help improve policy and decision-making. RAND research on child policy is conducted by multiple research divisions, and draws upon the expertise of over 140 researchers and consultants.
Beyond the list of the 40 Developmental Assets and the Search Institute’s technical terminology, this webpage outlines ways to help children and youth increase positive experiences and qualities that have the power during critical adolescent years to influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible adults.