Joan B. Poliak Seattle Field Office
Seattle is where Casey Family Programs got its start, opening our doors in 1966. We provide services to youth in foster and kinship care throughout the Puget Sound region.
The office was renamed in 2016 to honor Joan B. Poliak, Casey Family Programs’ longest-serving board member. Ms. Poliak began her career as a social worker, and has served as a trustee since 1982.
Serving our community
In a typical year, the Joan B. Poliak Seattle Field Office serves children and teens in foster families as well as those who live with relatives other than their birth parents. Directly and in collaboration with other agencies, we help more than teenagers move into the community after foster care. About 65 percent of the families we serve are people of color.
Supporting extended families
Kinship caregivers are often the best solution when children can’t stay with their birth parents. To help jump-start a formal collaboration of kinship caregivers, community providers, and child welfare professionals, we are bringing all parties together to:
- Identify overlap and gaps in resources.
- Hear what kinship caregivers consider their greatest needs.
- Learn from models that are working well around the country.
Integrating child welfare and juvenile justice
For youth in foster care who run afoul of the law, too many resources and opportunities are wasted today with two systems that don’t talk to each other. We are working to develop an integrated system that allows information sharing, fewer redundant services, improved case planning, joint policy development, and cross-systems training.
Our partners in these efforts are King County Superior Court, Region 4 Children’s Administration, the Child Welfare League of America, and other child-serving systems in King County.