List of Child Placing Agencies – Region 5

African American Resource Center / Multi Cultural FC
Greg May (253) 376-0954 Email
Focus on children of color – all levels of care.

The African American Resource Center / Multi Cultural Foster Care provides a variety of therapeutic services to children and families in Pierce and King County. Services include licensed foster care as well as a number of services that are provided to individuals and families in the community. The center specializes in providing services to African American families, but provides quality services to all families regardless of nationality or ethnic background. Our mission is to provide treatment services that will allow children and families an equal opportunity to improve the quality of their lives.

Compassionate Care
Bill Kettenring (360) 373-9710 Email
All levels of care – specializing in treatment care.

Compassionate Foster Care Ministries is committed to mobilizing the adult community to help children and adolescents achieve success and fulfillment in their lives. We believe a truly fulfilling life is based upon values of integrity and noble purpose. These values are best imparted in the context of committed caring and love. We seek to impart these values to our youth in such a context. The Compassionate Therapeutic Foster Care Program will provide youth with a secure haven to heal from life’s wounds, develop healthy relating styles and practical means to effectively work toward noble and truly fulfilling objectives.

Intensive Children’s Services – KMHS
Jennifer Roach (360) 415-5866 Email / Website
Serves: Children ages 6-18 with emotional and/or behavioral concerns.

Intensive Children’s Services (ICS) is a short term (6-9 months) therapeutic foster care program, dedicated to the healing of children traumatized by abuse, neglect or otherwise at risk. We specially train our foster parents to help children by providing love and limits, a safe and structured environment and the caring attention children need to learn to trust. As a foster parent with the ICS program you are a professional on the treatment team and a vital voice on behalf of your foster child. Our foster parents are supported with generous reimbursement for their time and commitment, one weekend off per month, access to 24 hour support, specialized training and monthly support group. Our youth are supported with a therapist on staff, care coordination, case aide support, respite care, and 24 hour crisis intervention. ICS recruits, licenses and trains its own families.

Pierce County Alliance
Maureen Mahannah (253) 502-5449 Website
General use foster care.

The Pierce County Alliance is a private non-profit, 501(c)3, social service agency incorporated originally as “The Pierce County Drug Alliance” in 1972 to coordinate local drug treatment services. The name was changed in 1981 to reflect a broader range of programs undertaken by the agency as it expanded programs to better respond to community needs and the multi-faceted problems of substance abuse and mental health.
Mission: The mission of the Pierce County Alliance is to undertake leadership in the provision of human services, specializing in substance abuse, mental health and adolescent services for individuals, families, and the community.
The organization strives for client satisfaction through continuous quality improvement of services that are cost effective and that deliver measurable outcomes.
Non-Discrimination Policy: PCA provides all services without discrimination on the basis of race; creed; national origin; sex; age; religion; creed; marital status; or the presence of physical, mental or sensory disability; or communicable disease including HIV/AIDS.

Tacoma Youth for Christ
Jeff Clare (253) 572-7888 x30 Website
Christian homes all ages and all levels of care.

Tacoma Youth for Christ Foster Care is a private agency licensed by the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) in Washington State to provide temporary or permanent out of home care for children and youth, ages 0-18 years. Overall, our mission is to serve the State of Washington by recruiting, training, certifying, and supporting Christian families to serve children in the foster care system…..whether if it is for one night or permanently providing a family for them. These children have been removed from their families due to sexual/physical abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Youth for Christ role is to certify families to provide foster care services by taking them through the licensing standards set by DSHS. Youth for Christ screens, trains, and provides a licensing home study on each family. After the family is licensed, Youth for Christ works closely with the Department of Social and Health Services in placing children. Youth for Christ only places children under the jurisdiction of the State of Washington. After placing children, Youth for Christ contracts with the Department for case management services including: 90 day health and safety visits to the foster home, supervision of the visits between birth families and their children, and monitoring the children’s progress in school, counseling, and the foster home. Our case managers arrange respite and provide supportive services to the foster families and participate on the team that make final recommendations as to whether children return home, move to a relative, or are adopted. In addition, Youth for Christ’s desire is to provide support for foster families, provide case management services to the children while in foster care, and to help support the biological parents whose children are placed into our program. Youth for Christ believes that foster parents are undertaking a very challenging task when they enter the foster care system and, therefore, deserve a high level of support. Youth for Christ also provides our foster families opportunities to meet and interact with each other through trainings and support groups. Our staff provides a monthly support group including a catered meal and free childcare which has proven to be an important time for families as they are able to share similar challenges and successes.

Catholic Community Services
Bev (253) 502-2745 Website
Provides Long Term Foster Care, PIC Foster Care, International Foster Care and BRS Foster Care. Thank you for your interest in Foster Care. We have been providing foster care services to children for more than 80 years. We believe that every child should grow up in a safe, loving and nurturing environment. To that end, our Foster Care Program actively recruits and licenses married couples and single adults who are willing to open their hearts and homes and provide temporary care for foster children. Some children need a home for one day, others one week, and still others may need care for a year or more. No matter how long or short they are in your home, they will stay in your heart forever.
Community and Family Services Foundation
(360) 275-9255 Email / Website
Community & Family Services Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to foster parents who are committed to caring for abused and neglected foster children ages 0 to 18. This agency licenses and supports foster parents who care for and nurture children and youth with high needs, at-risk youth, medically fragile youth, and behavioral adolescents, developmentally disabled and pregnant and parenting teens. We provide foster parent training, have 24 hour crisis support, and provide a Case Aide program. An established Visitation Center is available on the premises for referred families. Foster parents who are able to provide short or long term foster care, foster/adopt, respite services and therapeutic homes are encouraged and supported through services offered by this agency. CFSF seeks to provide encouragement and support to its foster families through a variety of different means.
America Kidz
Barbara McHenry (253) 985-7041 Email
Champion House
Sheri Champion (253) 779-4244 Email
Colville Tribes
Terry Pinkerton (509) 634-4711 Email / Website
Muckleshoot Tribe
Francis Cacalda (253) 876-3396 Email / Website
My Brother’s Keeper Residential
Sheri Champion (253) 779-4244 Email
Olive Crest
Asha Bahga Licensor (800) 743-6783 Email / Website
Puyallup Tribe
Helen Hook (253) 680-5537 Email
Rachel Conger (253) 680-5490 Email
Puyallup Tribe Children’s Services provides high quality social welfare services in a manner that is sensitive and consistent with the needs of the Puyallup Tribal community. In an effort to provide quality services, Children Services collaborates and networks with other Tribal Social Service agencies as well as State and private agencies. Children Services serves all Puyallup Tribal members living on the Puyallup Reservation. We offer case management services, foster home licensing, child protective services, family preservation services and independent living skills.
United Indians
Lynette Jordan (206) 723-6288 x13 Email
The United Indians Foster Care program includes home recruitment, licensing, placement, and support services for children and families. For information, please call Lynette Jordan at 206-723-6288 ext 13 or email her at:
Adoption Advocates International
709 S Peabody St
Port Angeles, Washington 98362
(360) 452-4777 Website
Adoption Advocates International (AAI) is an experienced international adoption agency focusing on children from Ethiopia, China, Thailand, Ghana, and Washington State. AAI received its Hague Accreditation in February 2008. We are committed to processing each adoption with respect for the welfare of the child while providing emotional support and guidance for the adoptive parents.
Regional Licensor
Stephanie Howard (253) 983-6443
WACAP (World Association for Children and Parents)
(206) 575-4550 Website
Main Office

315 S. Second St.
Renton, WA 98057

Mailing Address

PO Box 88948
Seattle, WA 98138

WACAP (World Association for Children and Parents) is a leading adoption and humanitarian aid agency. Since 1976, we’ve placed nearly 10,000 children with loving adoptive parents and provided food, medical care and education to over 200,000 children worldwide. WACAP is one of the largest and most experienced international nonprofit adoption and child assistance agencies in the United States.

WACAP is committed to finding permanent families for children in the United States who have been placed for adoption by their birth parents, or who have been removed from their birth families and are now living in foster care.

Faith International Adoptions (253) 383-1928

1105 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma, WA 98402

Faith International Adoptions provides home studies, post-placement reports,

as well as other reports, for international and domestic adoptions. Faith

International Adoptions provides families with education and support

throughout the adoption process and works with foreign governments and

foreign authorized child placement agencies for the placement of children for

adoption in the United States.

A Center for Adoption Services(206) 780-1972

602 Alder Avenue NE

Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

A nonprofit organization based in Washington state is a licensed full-service adoption agency dedicated to assisting potential adoptive parents, birthparents and adopted children in healthy, mutually beneficial adoptions.

Total Unity Family Services– (253) 759-3650

8811 S Tacoma Way, #150,  Lakewood, WA 98499

Foster care agency working with youth 0-18, short  & long term placements.

We work in reunifying birth families when ever possible and seek permanent

places when necessary. We specialize in serving minority youth, but ALL

families and children are welcome.

Comprehensive Mental Health (253) 396-5800

1201 South Proctor St.

Tacoma, WA 98405  

Comprehensive Mental Health’s Foster Care services are designed to provide integrated, normalized family-based community care, which draws upon the strengths and opportunities that our local area provides.  Our service planning is tailored to each child’s individual needs.  Significant emphasis is placed upon cross system coordination and continuity of care. CMH uses a team approach to treatment, with our foster parents as part of the team along with program staff.  Foster parents meet regularly with other foster parents and the program staff to support and learn from each others.  The CMH network of assessment and treatment foster care programs currently includes the Alder House, Aspen House, Cedar House, Madrona House, Willow House and Laurel programs. Serving youth 0-18, primarily with significant therapeutic and/or behavioral needs.

Rainbow Youth and Family Services– (253) 572-7741

     2612 River Road East

Tacoma, WA 98404

Rainbow Youth and Family Services will license foster/adopt care providers

of all races, ethnicities and backgrounds, who will provide stable, functional

homes for children/teens in the state of Washington in need of short-term,

long-term foster care or permanent homes.   Rainbow Youth and Family

Services will recruit, assist and advocate for foster/adopt applicants

throughout the foster/adopt licensing process, developing and maintaining

productive relationships with its clients for the safety, well being, and positive

development of children/teens in care.

A Place Called Home (253) 857-5447

     General use foster care for children and youth ages 0-18.


Children’s Home Society (253) 472-3355

     General use foster care for children and youth ages 0-18.

Gateways (253) 383-4361

General use foster care for children and youth ages 0-18.

Nuestros Ninos  (253) 314-5472

Nuestros Ninos specializes in Latino families and provides general use foster care.

West Puget Sound Youth for Christ (360) 779-9929 

Christian organization which provides general use foster care.