It's said that it takes a village to raise a child and we invite you to join us in faith and fellowship

Embrace Washington is an inter-faith partner, coordinating faith communities to provide wrap-around support to vulnerable families, children, and foster care providers in our community. Your faith community can walk alongside and provide support to struggling families.  We can teach your congregation how to support birth parents when kids are taken into foster care. We can train your church on how to rally around newly licensed foster families in your community. We can help you ensure that families in distress know their faith community stands with them.

If your faith community is ready to commit to a course of love in action, Embrace Washington can help you organize in the following ways:

  • Provide training on how to sponsor how to make Welcome Boxes for children entering foster care
  • Help spruce up your local child welfare office where vulnerable children in state custody spend time
  • Host a monthly Friday Night Out event to provide a much-needed “date night” for foster parents
  • Provide encouragement to local DSHS child welfare staff by providing an appreciation lunch or event
  • Foster parents from your congregation along with local DSHS contacts can host an information session about becoming a foster parent
  • Provide opportunities for people within your congregation to understand God’s heart for vulnerable children and the theology of foster care as a ministry
  • Provide wrap-around support to families within your congregation who are currently fostering; wrap-around support can include:
    • Bringing meals to foster families when they receive a new child in their home
    • Helping provide for the material needs of the family when a new child enters the home
    • Providing respite care for families who are fostering in your faith community
    • Encouraging small groups in your faith community to do wrap-around support for one family currently involved with child welfare or a youth about to “age out” of foster care