Building Family Partnerships (BFP) was established in partnership with parents and caregivers in Washington, the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF), Casey Family Programs (CFP), the Children’s Trust Fund Alliance, and the Youth Law Center/Quality Parenting Initiative. Through various statewide convenings, we sought insight into how true partnership and co-leadership can occur amongst parents, kinship caregivers, and foster caregivers on behalf of children and youth. The BFP work has centered around listening and valuing people who have experienced the child welfare system. This project has been co-designed with parents, caregivers, and youth, since its inception.
Brave Conversations are welcoming virtual spaces for conversation about building supportive relationships between parents whose children are placed in out-of-home care and those who are caring for the children (both foster parents and relative/kinship caregivers). Our goal is to help bridge the gap between parents and caregivers, and center the children so all can learn and grow together. We will utilize a liberating structure for our meetings with six themes guiding and grounding us in the conversation together.
Our first Brave Conversation is Tuesday, June 6 from 6 pm – 7:15 pm. Following conversations are the first Tuesday of every-other month. There is no cost to participate in our Brave Conversations. Download the flier here.