our work


Coalition building and participation are also key parts of moving The Mockingbird Society’s policy agenda forward and maximizing the impact of our work. TMS convenes and chairs the Washington Coalition for Homeless Youth Advocacy (WACHYA), a coalition that unites advocates, providers, and funders in Washington state to advocate for, create, and implement effective policies to support homeless and at-risk youth in achieving safety and stability. TMS is also a founding member of the Child Welfare Advocacy Coalition (CWAC). In addition, TMS staff and youth advocates participate in many other coalitions related to child welfare and youth homelessness, consistently advocating to create space for authentic youth voice.
The Washington Coalition for Homeless Youth Advocacy (WACHYA) is a statewide partnership of providers, funders, and advocates dedicated to improving the lives of youth and young adults experiencing homelessness. WACHYA’s vision is that every night, every homeless youth in Washington state has a safe place to stay and the support they need to thrive and achieve healthy adulthood. 
Liz Trautman, Chair
Director of Public Policy & Advocacy
The Mockingbird Society

WA Coalition for Homeless Youth Advocacy Members

Voting Organizations

ACLU Equal Justice Works
Concerned Citizen
Former UW Tacoma Lobbyist
A Way Home Washington
Atlantic Street Center
Building Changes
Campion Advocacy Fund
Catholic Child and Family Service, Yakima
Catholic Community Services of Western WA
Catholic Community Services Spokane
Center for Children and Youth Justice
Children's Campaign Fund
Cocoon House
Community Youth Services, Pierce County
Community Youth Services, Thurston County
Concerned Citizens, Port Angeles
Evergreen College Student Union (Geoduck)
Friends of Youth
Hand in Hand
Homeless Network of Yakima County
HopeSource & Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project
Housing Authority of Okanogan County
Insight Strategic Partners
Justice For Girls Coalition
Legal Counsel for Youth & Children
Northwest Youth Services
Oasis Teen Shelter (Mt. Vernon)
Partners for Our Children
Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets
Pierce County Alliance
Pioneer Human Services, Spruce Street
Pride Foundation
REACH Tacoma
Rod's House
Ryan's House for Youth
Safe Harbor/My Friend's Place, Kennewick
Seattle Education Access
Tacoma Housing Authority
The Coffee Oaisis
The Mockingbird Society
United Way of King County
Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle
Volunteers of America, Spokane
Washington Host Home Coalition
Washington State Poor People's Campaign
Y Social Impact Services
Youth Emergency Services, Pend Oreille

Child Welfare Advocacy Coalition

CWAC Membership and Operating Framework


Work with the Executive Branch and the Legislature to decrease the number of children who enter the child welfare system; ensure that children receive appropriate and quality care while in the child welfare system; safely return children home or place them with a permanent family more quickly; and successfully transition youth exiting the child welfare system.


Maximize consumer voice in every CWAC decision and champion the inclusion of consumer voice in systems change and legislative advocacy.

View every CWAC decision through the lens of addressing racial disproportionality, gender equality and the best interest of children and families.

Interested in becoming a member?

We welcome organizations and individuals dedicated to positive child welfare system reform to join our Coalition. Members consist of individual community members or organizations and can be full voting participants, to have input on our annual advocacy agenda, or informational members to stay up to date on important issues facing children, youth and families.

If you are interested in becoming an informational or voting member representing yourself or an organization, please contact Lauren Frederick at lauren@mockingbirdsociety.org

Child Welfare Advocacy Coalition Members

Voting Organizations
A Way Home Washington
Accelerator YMCA
ANEW Foster Care Apprenticeship Program             
Brigid Collins Family Support Center
Catholic Community Services of Western WA
Center for Children and Youth Justice
Children's Home Society of WA
College Success Foundation
Community & Family Services Foundation
Community Youth Services
Coordinated Care
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids                                                                
Foster Parent Alliance of Washington State                       
Friends of the Children                    
Girl Scouts of Western Washington                                            
Insight Strategic Partners
Institute for Family Development
Legal Counsel for Youth & Children                                             
MENTOR Washington
Northwest Research Associates
Office of Public Defense
Olive Crest
Parent Trust
Partners for Our Children
Secret Harbor                                                                                   
Skookum Kids
The Mockingbird Society
UW Youth Legislative Clinic
Washington Association for Children and Families     
Washington CASA Association
Washington State CASA                                                                 
Youth Development Executives of King County             
Youth Villages
*In addition to the organizations listed, more than 30 individuals are also members of CWAC.