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Strengthening Families Washington Community Work


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toddlers holding pinwheels

 Strengthening Families Washington works with local communities to increase program capacity to institute and expand the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework for all children. 


Child Abuse Prevention Month

Each April, people across the country join together during National Child Abuse Prevention Month to raise awareness and promote ways we can strengthen families in our communities. Strengthening Families Washington is the state chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America, the nation’s leading organization working solely to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation’s children. The pinwheel symbolizes the safe and happy childhood we want for all children. During the month of April we plant pinwheels at the capital campus in Olympia, as well as sell and distribute pinwheels to be displayed across the state. Proceeds from the pinwheel sales go to the Children's Trust. For more information or ideas, check out our toolkit. 


We hope you will join us on April 6th, 2018 for Go Blue Day! We encourage everyone to wear blue to show you support for all children and their right to a safe, healthy and supported childhood. For more information, click here


If you are interested in participating and/or planning for next year, please email


Funding opportunities

Each year, we offer funding opportunities to community organizations whose work promotes the protective factors among families and communities. Please check back in Spring 2017 for new funding opportunities.

This year’s recipients include: 

*denotes first-year grantee. 


Community Cafes

For more information, or to participate in a Community Cafe, click here.