Parent and Caregiver Support Resources

parent and caregiver support resourcesBeing a parent or caregiver is hard work. Support groups and classes can give you the tools you need to be the best parent or caregiver you can be.

Many different classes and groups are available depending on where you live. Classes cover topics like effective parenting skills, sibling rivalry, discipline and nutrition. Support groups are a great place to share experiences and learn from other parents and caregivers.

Use our Resource Finder to find parenting resources, classes and more

Other places to find a support group in your community include: libraries, community centers, local churches and hospitals.

Parent Trust
Education and support services for families in Washington State. For more information, call the Family Help Line (800) 932-4673.

2-1-1 Community Information Line
Call or search online for parent support resources in your community.

Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS)
Support groups in King and Snohomish Counties for parents of newborns and second children.

Parent Place
Search for parent support groups in Snohomish County.

Skamania Klickitat Community Network
Information and support for parents living in Skamania and Klickitat County in Southwest Washington State. For more information, call 1-866-631-1997.

Kinship Care in Washington

In Washington state more than 35,000 children are being raised by their grandparents or other relatives because their parents are unable to care for them. These relatives or kinship caregivers need specialized information and services for the children in their care.

Kinship Care in WA State
Information about health care, child care, financial assistance, legal issues, support groups and more.

Kinship Care Support Services
Resources, information and support by county to help caregivers navigate the system of benefits and services.

Kinship Care Programs in WA
A list to download and print.

Health Insurance Programs for Children

Children in a relative’s care may be eligible for state-sponsored coverage of medical, dental, and mental health services. Learn more about the children's health insurance program, Apple Health for Kids.

There is a Washington State law that allows kinship caregivers to consent to health care for a child when the parents are not available. View the Consent to Health Care for a Child.

Information and Support for Children with Special Needs

Talking with families who are going through similar experiences can often help you to address concerns and cope with your child’s special needs. To learn more about support groups, workshops and resources to help your child in school, visit Learn more about support for children with special needs.