Public Affairs - Fostering Together

There are more than 400,000 children in foster care in the USA, and more than 10,000 of them are here in Washington State.  Now, there are less than 35 hundred licensed homes in our state. That means that there’s an average of 3 kids per licensed home! We need more foster homes! 

To address this, Luciana and Pedro Bartes recently invited Fostering Together to the show.  

Fostering Together strives to increase the number of foster families across the state, help them with the licensing process, and provide ongoing support to ensure their success. 

We were joined by Erika Thompson, Fostering Together Liaison for Pierce County and a foster parent herself,  Niki Hatzenbuehler, Fostering Together Liaison for Thurston & Mason Counties and also a foster parent, Maya Anderson, Fostering Together Liaison for King County and a foster parent, and Azia Ruff, a former foster child, Network Representative at The Mockingbird Society. Listen to our conversation here..



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