Alert: Washington children and family profiles have been removed from WARE. Learn more about what's happening.

Alert:

Learn more about why Washington children and family profiles were removed from the Washington Adoption Resource Exchange website on July 1, 2020.

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As of July 1, 2020, all Washington children and family profiles have been removed from the Washington Adoption Resource Exchange. We hope this change is temporary, but we aren’t sure. Sign up to stay informed.

We had to remove Washington children and families from the website because our contract with the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) expired on June 30, 2020. DCYF has not renewed the contract because of a statewide contracts freeze initiated by the Governor's Office. The good news is that DCYF has recently submitted an exemption request to the Office of Financial Management. If this exemption request is approved, the contract will be eligible for renewal and services can resume. Until then, though the need to find adoptive families remains, without a contract our organization does not have the funding or the authority to continue recruiting for children in Washington.


In addition to removing youth from the site, we also have to pause our work related to:

  • Community partnerships, such as Wednesday's Child (KXLY-TV) and Saturday's Child (Seattle Times).
  • Our In-Depth Profile work with Washington teens who want to tell their stories directly to adoptive families.
  • Providing some forms of support to families in Washington who want to adopt from foster care.

As you can imagine, we are devastated by having to shut down these essential services. The job of finding adoptive families for children in foster care is hard, and this service interruption will make it even harder. Social workers, already overburdened, will have to do more, with fewer tools and less support. Families will find it even more difficult to navigate the adoption process. And worst of all, this service interruption will decrease children’s chances of finding adoptive families, during a time when we all need family more than ever.

Thank you to those who have sent messages of support and who are advocating for these services on behalf of children and families. We hope to feature and champion Washington children again soon. Want to stay informed? Add your name to our list by filling out the form below, and we’ll let you know the latest and how you can help as soon as we hear more.

Sincerely,

The team at the Northwest Adoption Exchange/WARE