Resources for Families - Amara

Resources for Families

Finding the resources your family needs isn’t always easy. Amara can help you find what you need so everyone can focus on learning, growing, and healing. Click on the blue bars below to find resources primarily in King and Pierce counties, though some are available statewide. Kinship families can find supports specific for kinship families in the kinship tab below, and in all the other tabs.

If you know a resource that’s not listed here, please let us know so we can add it.  

 

Child Care Resources206-329-1011 https://www.childcare.org/Find child care and early learning programs in King and Pierce counties
Working Connections Child Care subsidy1-844-626-8687 https://www.dcyf.wa.gov/services/earlylearning-childcare/getting-helpAssistance with paying for child care
A Step Ahead253-471 – 2727https://www.asapc.org/servicesChild development services in Pierce County
Kindering425-747-4004https://www.kindering.org/Early learning & school readiness, family education and support, pediatric therapy and support 
The Arc of King County206-364-6337 https://arcofkingcounty.org/Serves all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, programs available for parents & guardians too 
Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT)360) 725-3500https://www.dcyf.wa.gov/services/child-development-supports/esitEarly intervention services for children from birth to 3 years old with developmental delays or disabilities 
Child Aware of Washington1-800-446-1114https://childcareawarewa.secure.force.com/providerupdate/CCAWAOnlineLookUpFind child care near you

 

Amara Family Resource Center in Tacoma206-260-1707https://amarafamily.org/family-resource-center/Food pantry, diaper bank, other concrete goods – call for hours
Westside Baby206-767-1662 https://westsidebaby.org/Basic needs for infants and children; diapers, formula, equipment, etc.  
Eastside Baby Corner425-865-0234 https://kidvantagenw.org/For ages birth to 12 years old for clothing, diapers, formula 
Treehouse206-767-7000 https://www.treehouseforkids.org/Clothing, school supplies, extracurricular activity assistance, job supplies for youth and young adults in foster case 
St. Mary’s Baby Cupboard206-324-7100 https://www.thefbsm.org/Diapers, formula, and more for families with babies under age two

 

Non-Needy Child only Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)877-501-2233 https://www.dshs.wa.gov/esa/community-services-offices/non-needy-relative-loco-parentis-and-legal-guardian-grantCash and/or medical assistance for children in the care of a relative or legal guardian 

Diversion Cash Assistance (DCA) 

877-501-2233 

www.dshs.wa.gov/esa/diversion-cash-assistance-dca 

Short-term assistance for families not interested in TANF assistance

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) 

877-501-2233 

https://www.dshs.wa.gov/esa/community-services-offices/tanf-and-support-services 

Temporary cash for families in need

 

 

 

Amara Family Resource Center in Tacoma206-260-1707https://amarafamily.org/family-resource-center/Food, diapers and more
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)877-501-2233 https://www.dshs.wa.gov/esa/community-services-offices/basic-foodMonthly funds for food
State Food Assistance Program (FAP)877-501-2233 https://www.dshs.wa.gov/esa/community-services-offices/state-food-assistance-program-fapMonthly funds for food for legal immigrants who are not eligible for SNAP
Women Infant and Children Nutrition Program (WIC)1-800-841-1410 https://doh.wa.gov/you-and-your-family/wicFood and infant formula support, nutritional education, health screenings 
United Way of King County206-461-3700 https://www.uwkc.org/keeping-families-stable/fuel-your-future/Fuel Your Future program provides essential, culturally appropriate foods 
West Seattle Food Bank206-932-9023 https://westseattlefoodbank.org/get-food/Food bank, including delivery and pet pantry
White Center Food Bank206-762-2848 https://www.whitecenterfoodbank.org/Food distribution, baby support, mobile food bank, no-cook service 
Kent Food Bank and Emergency Services253-520-3550https://www.kentfoodbank.org/Food and clothing assistance
The Making a Difference Foundation Eloise’s Cooking Pot Food Bank253-212-2778 https://themadf.org/eloises-cooking-pot/Food assistance with no eligibility requirements, including delivery 
The Eloise’s Cooking Pot Food Pantry at Amara in Tacoma206-260-1707  Food assistance with no eligibility requirements – call for hours
Nourish Pierce County food banks253-383-3164https://nourishpc.org/21 food banks throughout Pierce County

 

 

211Dial 2-1-1https://wa211.org/Connections to local resources and supports
Help Me Grow WA1-800-322-2588 https://helpmegrowwa.org/Connections for parents and caregivers to local family and child development resources
Washington State Kinship Navigators https://www.dshs.wa.gov/altsa/home-and-community-services-kinship-care/kinship-careConnections to multiple sources of local support 
Access to Baby & Child Dentistry (ABCD)  https://abcd-dental.org/Dental care and oral health for young children from birth up to age six 
Community Health Care 253-722-1771https://www.commhealth.org/location/foster-and-adoption-clinic/Foster and Adoption Clinic available for families and children in foster care, kinship care, and adoption  
Hilltop Medical Clinic (Tacoma)253-441-4742 https://www.commhealth.org/location/hilltop-medical-center/Medical providers and behavioral health providers available 
Apple Health Core ConnectionCoordinated Care 1-844-354-9876 https://www.hca.wa.gov/free-or-low-cost-health-care/apple-health-youFree or low cost health insurance for people in Washington

 

 

King County Housing Authority206-574-1100 https://www.kcha.org/Subsidized housing, housing programs, Section 8 vouchers
Pierce County Housing Authority253-620-5400 https://www.pchawa.org/Subsidized housing, housing programs, Section 8 vouchers
Seattle City Light Assistance https://www.seattle.gov/city-light/residential-services/billing-information/bill-assistance-programsHelp paying for electricity
Puget Sound Energy (PSE) Assistance https://www.pse.com/account-and-billing/assistance-programsHelp paying for electricity
Housing Justice Project206-267-7069 https://www.kcba.org/For-the-Public/Free-Legal-Assistance/Housing-Justice-Project/Get-Help#41899-more-resourcesFree legal assistance to low-income tenants facing eviction in King County. Interpreter services available 
Low-cost internet – Seattle area 

https://www.seattle.gov/tech/services/internet-access/low-cost-home-internet-access-for-residents

Low-cost internet
Low-cost internet – multiple counties https://www.xfinity.com/learn/internet-service/acp/free-internetFree and/or low-cost internet

 

 

Washington State Kinship Navigators360-601-8230https://www.dshs.wa.gov/altsa/home-and-community-services-kinship-care/kinship-careConnections to multiple sources of local support
State Dept. of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF) https://www.dcyf.wa.gov/services/foster-parenting/relatives-caring-for-kidsInformation about kinship in Washington
Catholic Community Services – Kinship Services206-328-6858https://ccsww.org/get-help/services-for-seniors-people-with-disabilities/kinship-services/#Kinship%20Caregiver%20ResourcesMultiple services for kinship families

 

Northwest Justice Project 206-464-1519www.nwjustice.org/homeCivil legal help
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children  https://lcycwa.org/Protects the interests and safety of youth in Washington state Legal services available  
CLEAR (Coordinated Legal Education, Advice and Referral) 

206-494-0323 

https://nwjustice.org/clear-hotlineVerbal or written legal advice, written legal information and forms, refer to legal aid services to fit to situation 
The King County Bar Association 

1-888-201-1014

(In King County, call 2-1-1)

https://www.kcba.org/Free legal service programs, lawyer referral program, Pro Bono services 
Washington State Pro Bono Council 

 

https://www.probonocouncil.org/Free legal aid services 
Kinship Care Solutions 206-267-7086 https://www.kcba.org/For-the-Public/Free-Legal-Assistance/Kinship-Care-SolutionsProvides legal advice and representation for relatives and caregivers seeking minor guardianship of a child/ren 
Civil Legal Aid 206-263-9105 https://www.covidlegalaid.org/Free legal services and resources in King County 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orca Lift 

888-988-6722 

www.myorca.com 

Orca has card plans for riders who are low-income or interested in subsidized annual passes.  

Pierce County Transit 

 

https://www.piercetransit.org/faq/ 

Reduced fares available for seniors and people with disabilities 

Generations United released a report in 2022 on the state of “grandfamilies,” grandparents raising their grandchildren. It’s full of great information about what it is like to raise grandkids today.

Click here to open and print the full list of resources we’ve found.