Child Placement Agency

Foster Care & Adoption Services

“It is very encouraging to see a strong community partner like City Ministries Child Placement Agency step up to get licensed and partner with the King County and DCYF to meet this very critical need-providing safe, nurturing homes for children in crisis.”

Kathy Lambert
King County Council Member, Dist 3

We believe every child is a blessing from God and foster children need the love, safety and security of a permanent home and family.

THE NEED

Churchome  launched its own foster care agency to help meet the needs of children in the State of Washington and in particular King County.

In Washington State, alone, there are more than 10,000 children currently in foster care – a 22% increase over the last two years. Statistics are projecting an even greater increase over the next five years.

Last year in Washington State, over 19,000 children needed a safe place to stay…they needed a foster home. While some of these children went back home or to live with relatives, thousands remained in care.

YOU CAN HELP BY

  • Opening your heart – pray for more foster parents, volunteers, and resources.

  • Opening your home – become a full or part time foster parent or respite provider.

  • Volunteering your time or professional services (RN, Dentists, MD, MSW, Licensed Counselors)

  • Becoming an agency volunteer (childcare, tutoring, mentoring, etc.)

  • Giving financially of your resources or in-kind donations.

Kristy & Ernesto 

Foster parenting has brought joy and fulfillment to our family. The children we have had in our home have blessed us and in turn I pray we have been a blessing to them. One of the most unexpected benefits of fostering has been what our children have received. They have learned to be compassionate, kind and loving to children from all walks of life. We have found that being a foster family is a way that we can be God’s hands and feet in a practical way.

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Kennesha & Larry 

As a respite care family, we are able to provide a reprieve to full time foster parents when they need a break. There is significant impact on the collective perspective of our entire family when we serve the community together in this way. We also find tremendous satisfaction in seeing children find a place in our family’s culture in such short periods of time.

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Michelle 

I am blessed to be a respite care provider for the foster children, which means I have the children for a 48-hour time span once a month. My two daughters and I have hosted children as young as 9 months to 13 years of age; we’ve enjoyed some of these children only for 1 month and some for 2 years once a month.  These weekends soon became the highlight of our month much like having extended family coming for an overnight visit but only better because seeing the children once per month we are witness to Jesus’ healing and transformation in these children their lives and their hope restored that Jesus has a future for them as He holds them in the palm of His hand.

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Nicole & Brian 

It’s not always easy, but we wouldn’t trade the fostering experience for anything.  Seeing growth and positive change in the children that come into our home is rewarding.  Their resilience and spirit is inspiring!  And as we have welcomed these kids in their time of need, our family has grown and been blessed in ways we couldn’t have anticipated.

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Kate & Igor

Being aware of the need on the local scale, our family said yes to fostering. We welcomed children into our home providing them with a safe and stable environment. Just being there for them on a daily basis means the world to them. Many other foster parents would agree that fostering is a challenging journey but nevertheless a rewarding one.  A foster parent’s reward can be as big as having a child move up a reading level or as simple as a hug.  In our family we say that we only have good days and hard days, there are no bad days. Fostering affected us in ways we never expected. We thought that we would be the ones teaching our foster children when in reality we learn more than teach. Through fostering God is teaching us to be more patient, more forgiving and more accepting. God proved to us that when we answer His call, He is there to support and carry us through. While our primary focus is now on fostering, He provides and sends enormous blessing and prosperity in all the other aspects of our life. He is good and all glory goes to Him

CASE MANAGEMENT SUPPORT WITH CMCPA

City Ministries CPA is a faith based private agency that is able to provide one-on-one extensive case management for all of our foster families. Case managers are the first point of contact for state social workers or anyone affiliated with the case. We provide wraparound services for all foster families and children in our care to ensure the safety, longevity, and well-being of our foster parents.

These services include but are not limited to:

  • Serve as a liaison for foster parents and DCYF to access resources and resolves issues and concerns.
  • Available to provide support at all hours of the day, including crisis intervention.
  • A unified collaborative team that works to ensure the best case management for each child and family.
  • Advocate for the needs of foster families and children.
  • On staff MSW Case Manager with extensive experience to offer support, guidance, and resources.
  • Supervise visits with children and their biological parents upon social worker referral.
  • Provide on-time pass through payment of foster parent support $.

FOSTERING MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS 

Foster Parents Must:

  • Be at least twenty-one years old to apply.
  • Be shown to not have a disqualifying criminal history or founded history of child abuse and neglect.
  • Pass the state criminal background check.
  • Be able to prove regular source of income to meet your own family’s needs excluding current or future foster care payments.
  • Demonstrate you have the physical, mental and emotional stability suited to meet the needs of children in your care.
  • Complete both City Ministries and state application.
  • Complete Foster Parent Orientation and Caregiver Core Training.
  • Complete CPR/First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogen Training.
  • Be free from Tuberculosis (TB).
  • Pass the licensing home inspection.
  • Have a completed Home Study.

After the Licensing Process, Your Home Should at Least:

  • Be free from hazards.
  • Have all guns and ammunition locked separately.
  • Have a fire extinguisher (ABC).
  • Maintain a water temperature of no higher than 120 degrees.
  • Have medications, vitamins and poisons locked.
  • Have smoke detectors, including rooms that will be used for fostering.

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You can make an incredible difference in the lives of vulnerable children in our community by volunteering your time and skills. CMCPA offers a wide range of volunteer opportunities for you to choose from and we would love to have you join our volunteer team! If you are interested in volunteering with us please e-mail anna@citymin.org.
We are currently looking for volunteers in the following areas:

MONTHLY

  • Monthly Children’s Activities– Help organize and lead fun activities for children in Rose Hill Cottages Community once a month. (Kirkland)

WEEKLY

  • Visit Supervisor*– Supervise visits between foster children and biological parents in community or office setting (King and Snohomish County Area)
  • Food Distribution at Rose Hill Cottages- Help set up and facilitate food distribution to foster families and RHC residents. (Kirkland)

ONE-TIME EVENTS/AS NEEDED

  • Case Aide*– provide support and services to foster families and case worker based on specific needs of children and families
  • Administrative Support– assist in the office with various projects and tasks including data entry, filing, helping prepare for an event, and inventory organization
  • Event Planning– help at community events including conferences, holiday children celebrations, trainings, and summer barbecue
  • Childcare- care for kids while families attend meetings, support groups, court hearings, and other events
  • Host a Fundraiser or Donation Drive– Give donations for Christmas Gifts, Child Welcome Baskets, and Child Transition Baskets
  • Photographer– take photos at events
  • Marketing

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” -Ephesians 2:10

STEPS TO VOLUNTEER:

  • Contact program manager to set up meeting.
    • Anna Bachinsky- anna@citymin.org or 425-739-1236
  • Face to face or phone meeting with program manager
  • Fill out application forms
  • Complete required training

   Agency Phone Number: (425) 296-1069