Licensed Foster Parents

Fostering as a Single Parent
Single foster parents manage circumstances and challenges that other groups don’t face, so we’re excited to host a new drop-in group just for you! No registration required. 
Third Thursday of each month 8:00 – 9:00 pm Click here to join the Zoom session.

Resource Library

CaRES Recommendation for Continuing Education

Licensed caregivers are required to complete continuing education per licensing standards. Use this menu of our Top Training picks to find a training that is right for you!

Stay Up-to-Date

Sign up to receive monthly schedules and highlights of upcoming trainings you might be interested in!

Foster Parenting and Kinship Care Newsletter

News, information and updates from The Department of Children, Youth, and Families.

Allegations and Investigations

Investigations can be stressful times. Get Support through an allegation.

After a Challenging Placement

Challenging placements or transitions are often a part of the fostering journey. This resource gives a few things you can do to prepare for what comes next.

Foster Parent and Kinship Caregiver FAQs

More helpful information on being a foster parent.

Commonly Used Acronyms

A guide to help you understand commonly used acronyms in Children’s Services.

Caregiver Continuing Education Courses

Search the Alliance Course Catalog for continuing education courses needed to comply with licensing standards.

Within the First 30 Days of Placement

This hand out provides lots of information on how to make the 30 days after placement a smooth transition.

The Child Welfare Team

A guide to the different roles of people associated with a child welfare case.

LGBTQIA+ Resources

The CaRES program has a new site as a one stop for LGBTQIA+ resources. If you missed the CaRES kicking off PRIDE Month Celebration, listen to the recording to learn about different eras of PRIDE and hear stories and resources. Discover and sign up for one of our LGBTQIA+ support groups. Learn how to show support from day one with FREE PRIDE + CaRES items!

Guide to Free and Discounts for Foster & Kinship Caregivers

Your best resource for community programs is your local CaRES Mentor. The Alliance CaRES program does not support or endorse any of the listed items; they are compiled for your convenience.

Wellness Resource Wednesday

Dive into health topics with local experts to best support children in care. In partnership with UW Harborview and Coordinated Care, these sessions will offer opportunities to learn directly from expert doctors and connect with caregivers sharing your experiences. Training credit is not offered for viewing the recording. Current recorded sessions: ADHD, Asthma, & Nutrition, Sugar, and Diabetes.

Foster Care Centers of Excellence

Centers of Excellence are recognized as multidisciplinary medical centers where youth in the child welfare system can receive coordinated healthcare services. Children and youth in foster care and adoption support can see high quality, trauma-informed primary care providers. These providers understand the needs of child welfare involved families.

Supporting Youth in Foster Care with the gift of FREE Books!

If you are caring for children between the ages of birth up to five years old, they are eligible to receive a FREE book in the mail each month through Dolly Parton's Imagination Library! Dolly Parton's Imagination Library mails high quality, age appropriate books to children each month, at no cost to the family. These books are carefully selected and personalized with the child’s name when they arrive in the mail.

Help Eastern Washington’s Caregivers!

CaRES is looking for a full-time team member who is: committed to caregiver support, connected to their Eastern WA community, knowledgeable, experienced, positive and solution-orientated, creative and collaborative. Learn more here!