Adoption and Foster Care Programs



Our Adoption and Foster Care programs were established by our parent organization Northwest Resource Associates.

Washington Adoption Resource Exchange (WARE)

WARE features photo and profile galleries of waiting foster children and available adoptive families in the state of Washington. A password-protected website, WARE is a partnership between the Northwest Adoption Exchange and the State of Washington Children's Administration. www.warekids.org.

Washington Specialized Recruitment Project (SRP)

SRP is a specialized program of the NWAE that focuses on specific waiting foster children in Washington who need extra recruitment help to find an adoptive family. Funded by the State of Washington Children's Administration, in collaboration with NWAE and private adoption agencies in Washington, SRP combines enhanced outreach with targeted search efforts in order to recruit adoptive families for these children. SRP staff personally respond to all family inquiries, follow-up with family workers, and review all home studies before forwarding them to a child's worker.

Milgard Adoption Project

This one year program is unique in many ways to the NWAE services. It is limited to Pierce, Kitsap, and Thurston County. Specialized Recruitment Services (SRP) are provided for up to 20 children in the three county area. Family support, matching and training services are provided to DSHS licensed
foster and adoptive homes in the same three counties. Learn more

Kids' Fest

The Kids’ Fest party is two hours of children’s activities amidst a carnival of bright lights and balloons, prizes and gifts and goodies to eat. Although no adoption decisions are made at Kids’ Fest, it’s an excellent time for prospective parents to meet and interact with waiting children and network with their social workers in person. Learn more

Under the auspices of the State of Washington, Division of Children & Family Services (DCFS) and corporate sponsorship of Alaskan Copper & Brass Company and Alaskan Copper Works Kids’ Fest has been an annual spring event in Seattle
and fall event in Tacoma since 1987.

Washington Foster Parent Information Center

Our call center offers comprehensive information about the foster care and adoption process in Washington State. We also host and maintain a statewide recruitment database that is used by local recruitment specialists. Please contact us at 1.888.543.7414 or email sric@nwresource.org.

Washington State Resource Family Lending Library

Our library offers foster parents and relative caregivers in Washington no-cost access to books, DVDs, videotapes and reprint materials (both individual items and collections of articles) on relevant topics. Contact us at 877.517.0820 or http://www.dshs.wa.gov/publications/library.shtml.

Oregon Adoption Resource Exchange (OARE)

OARE features a photo and profile gallery of waiting foster children in the state of Oregon. A password-protected website, OARE is a contracted partnership between the Northwest Adoption Exchange (NWAE) and the State of Oregon's Department of Human Services (DHS). www.oare-kids.org

Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center

ORPARC provides free support, education, information, assistance, and referral services to Oregon post adoptive families and assisted guardianship families, Oregon DHS staff, and Oregon Special Needs Adoption Coalition staff. ORPARC was founded in April 1999 through a contract with the State of Oregon's Department of Human Services (DHS). www.orparc.org

Alaska Center for Resource Families (ACRF)

ACRF, formerly the Alaska Foster Parent Training Center, offers training, support, and statewide access to a resource collection of audio, video and printed materials for Alaska's resource families (foster and adoptive parents). Online training also is available. www.acrf.org

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