our work


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. 

WA Coalition for Homeless Youth Advocacy Members

  • A Way Home America*
  • A Way Home Washington
  • ACLU Equal Justice Works
  • All Home*
  • Atlantic Street Center
  • Building Changes
  • Campion Advocacy Fund
  • Cascades Job Corps College and Career Academy*
  • Catholic Child and Family Service, Yakima
  • 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
  • City of Seattle*
  • City of Spokane Homeless Programs*
  • City of Tacoma*
  • Cocoon House
  • Columbia Legal Services*
  • Community Youth Services, Pierce County
  • Community Youth Services, Thurston County
  • Contract Lobbyist (Mockingbird, Building Changes)
  • Evergreen College Student Union (Geoduck)
  • Farestart
  • Former UW Tacoma Lobbyist
  • 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
  • King County Dept. of Community & Health Services*
  • King County Housing Authority*
  • Legal Counsel for Youth & Children
  • National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty*
  • New Horizons Ministries
  • Nexus
  • Northwest Justice Project*
  • 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
  • Raikes Foundation*
  • REACH Tacoma
  • Rod's House
  • RoomOne
  • Ryan's House for Youth
  • Safe Harbor/My Friend's Place, Kennewick
  • Seattle Education Access
  • Serenity House of Clallam County
  • Service Alternatives
  • Street Youth Ministries
  • Tacoma Housing Authority
  • TeamChild
  • The Coffee Oaisis
  • The Mockingbird Society
  • United Way of King County
  • United Way of Spokane*
  • Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle
  • Volunteers of America, Spokane
  • WACF - Washington Association for Children and Families*
  • Walla Walla Anchor Community
  • Washington Host Home Coalition
  • Washington State Poor People's Campaign
  • Wellspring
  • Y Social Impact Services
  • Youth Emergency Services, Pend Oreille
  • Youth Family Adult Connections, Spokane*
  • YouthCare

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

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.