Joan B. Poliak Seattle Field Office
1123 23rd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122-4821
The Joan B. Poliak Seattle Field Office, which opened in 1966, provides clinical case management for youth and families who need help attaining or maintaining permanency, and for young adults transitioning from foster care. We are part of Casey Family Programs’ Child and Family Services team, which also operates field offices in Arizona, California, Idaho and Texas, all focused on the urgent and relentless pursuit of securing lifelong, permanent family connections for every child. Our office was renamed in 2016 to honor Joan B. Poliak, Casey Family Programs’ longest serving board member. Ms. Poliak, who began her career as a social worker, has served as a trustee since 1982.
The Seattle Field Office team establishes enduring connections for youth and young adults while working alongside King County to achieve safe, legal permanency and optimal well-being for all youth we serve. We recruit, train and support resource families to care for older youth (ages 11 to 18), with an emphasis on their role as partners in the effort to achieve legal and relational permanency. We engage extended family to support the youth and families who are involved with the foster care system. We honor the unique culture of each youth and family, including racial and ethnic identity, sexual orientation and gender identity, and religious and spiritual beliefs. We also partner with the Washington Department of Social and Health Services’ Children’s Administration, Region 4, to provide permanency-focused co-case management, enriching our work through the mutual learning that takes place.
Education is a priority in our work. We provide educational advocacy to ensure youth receive the support they need to achieve their potential and to graduate from high school. We stay involved with many of our youth beyond age 18, supporting them to go on to college and connecting them with scholarships and other community resources to support their success.
We also collaborate with King County Superior Court, Child Welfare League of America and other local stakeholders to help strengthen our communities so all children and families can thrive.