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Strengthening Families Washington


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Strengthening Families Washington is a program within the Department of Early Learning whose main focus is helping families become stronger together through a variety of tactics, including:

• home visiting

• community outreach and partnerships

• funding opportunities with local organizations


We believe that strong families build robust communities and create a resilient future for all children.


Within SFWA we house the Washington Chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America and the Children’s Trust fund. We are, in part, funded by the federal Community Based Child Abuse Prevention program, as well as private donations and funds from the Heirloom Birth Certificate and the Keep Kids Safe license plate.


In addition to our funding opportunities that support programs and families in Washington State, we also assist with several public awareness campaigns including Speak Up When You’re Down and Have A Plan: Shaken Baby Syndrome and Safe Sleep.

We believe in partnering with parents and caregivers and encourage leadership and collaboration in all our work. If you are interested in opportunities or would like to partner with Strengthening Families Washington, please email


Do you know a parent, primary caregiver, guardian, foster or adoptive parent or a grandparent who shows one or more of these strengths:  ability to bounce back from stress (parental resilience), a strong support system (social connections), understands their child’s developmental needs (knowledge of parenting and child development), shows empathy and support towards their child’s feelings (social and emotional competence of children), and not afraid to ask for help or receive help (concrete supports in times of need).  Research has found that these five Protective Factors reduce stress and promote the well-being of ALL families.  Everyone has stress, but when families increase Protective Factors, they build and draw on natural support networks within their families and communities. 

Give us your nomination and we will give special recognition to 28 individuals from around the state by awarding them publicly with an Unsung Hero Award! Also this year we also have a Spanish version of the nomination form as well.