Mission: Provide a safe, caring transition for children being placed with foster families and facilitate families to accept more children into their homes.
Programs: Skookum house - we provided emergency shelter and stability for 77 vulnerable children, easing their transition into foster care and buying critical time for social workers to locate the best available foster home for each child. 70% of these children were ethnic minorities, 88% entered our care with a sibling, and 39% receive needed medical care.
family clubhouse cafe dba perch and play is an indoor playground and cafe for both parents and children to enjoy. Perch and play offers drop-in playground use or monthly or yearly memberships, reservations for private events and special events for the public.
skookum parents - we licensed 17 foster homes, supervised weekly parent-child visits for over 30 children, hosted three eight-night caregiver core training classes, and provided an after-hours support line for foster families.
we hosted monthly foster family night out events, provided dates and childcare for one foster family each month, and launched a case-aid program called skookum mentors.
Skookum Kids cares for children in their first 3 days of foster care.
I give to Skookum because they fill such an important need in the community—caring for children as they transition into foster care. It's a scary time for these kids. When the system fails them, it compounds the trauma they experience. And Skookum Kids makes sure that doesn't happen.
The children are safe and cared for by trained volunteers who take them on fun outings and make sure all of their needs are met.
Then, when it's time for them to transition into a long-term foster home, Skookum Kids is able to inform prospective foster parents about the child's temperament, triggers, and developmental stage so they can make an informed placement decision.