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October 2016

Don't Miss A System in Crisis 

Through a multimedia investigative series titled A System in Crisis, KCTS 9, Crosscut, InvestigateWest and independent documentary producer Bryan Tucker seek to shine light on some of the chronic issues affecting foster youth, foster parents, and foster care agencies in Washington State. Topics include how the State's foster care system sets kids up for failure and fixes for the crisis. There's also a three-part series, The Day I Age Out, which follows two foster youths as they age out of Washington State’s extended foster care system.

Holiday Glass Sale & Benefit

Come to the glassblower's workshop at Renton Art & Glass Studio and shop for special gifts perfect for the coming holiday season. Shelves and walls are full of beautiful glass pumpkins, ornaments, jewelry, and other works of art. Buy someone a unique gift and help support the Hope Lights community. Up to 50% of weekend sales will be donated to Many Lights and our work to create homes for children, adoptive families, and older adults at Hope Lights neighborhood. 
November 5 and 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Renton Art & Glass Studio, 211 SW 41st St, Renton WA 98057
(East of IKEA in the East Valley Business Park, Building 9)
This event is free and open to the public. Get more info over on Facebook.

Town Hall Seattle: 
Can We Fix Washington's Foster Care System? 

Join this panel discussion at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 6. The topic will be Washington State’s broken foster care system and the possible solutions being considered. Panelists include: Adam Cornell, Snohomish County prosecutor (formerly in foster care); Ruth Kagi, Washington House of Representatives; Dee Wilson, Former DSHS employee; Mike Canfield, Executive Director, Foster Parents Association of Washington State. Get event details and reserve your seat. 

Help Build a One-Stop Resource for Foster and Adoptive Parents

We're working to help enhance so that parents adopting children from foster care have the tools and resources they need. Our goal, along with that of the Post-Adoption Support Coalition, and Parent Trust, is to make this an easy to use one-stop resource. Do you know of resources that could help foster and adoptive parents and should be shared? Let us know here.
If you or a parent you know needs help, call the Family Help Line hosted by the Parent Trust for Washington Children at 1-800-932-HOPE (4673).

Family First Prevention Services Act Update

Senate adjourned at the end of last month without passing the Family First bill. This failure to pass the bill, which passed the House in June, delays critical reforms needed for thousands of children and families who need support across America. We'll continue to press for the support needed. In the meantime, please help us thank the Senate bill’s sponsors, Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR). 
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