Advocacy and Caring for Children (ACC), continues to do great work in funding grants through fundraising and donations from ACC members and supporters. ACC has granted $3,555,378 to the very needy in Western Washington over the course of it's century long history.
During the fiscal year 2022-2023, ACC's board awarded $205,000 in grants to twenty-two agencies in Western Washington. ● ACC recognizes that well-supported families, women, and children are crucial for healthy communities. ● ACC has supported 58 organizations with under $1.75 million in just the last decade, more than 3.5 million in 22 years. ● Total served by category 2022-23:
Children and Families : 481 : .86% of served : $55,000 : 26.83% of grants funded
Education and Emergency Services : 4,469 : 8% : $80,000 : 39% of grants funded
Adoption and Immigration : 163: .29% : $20,000 : 9.76% of grants funded
Infant Care – Specialty Services: 5,837 : 10.46% : $30,000 :14.63% of grants funded
Meals: 44,855: 80.38% : $20,000 : 9.76% of grants funded
Below find a brief summary of the programs and the funding they have received from ACC, fiscal years 1999-2023*. Complete details by funding period available via this link.*Fiscal year July 1 - June 30
Adoption Services (CCS King Co.) - $154,500 Adoption services provides essential services to children who are without stable families and support systems to care for them. Essential services include preparation of a formal Home Study, education regarding what adoption means to the adoptive applicants and to the child, placement of a child, supervision of that placement, assistance with final legal adoption, post adoption services as needed and legislative advocacy. There is a heavy Special Needs component to adoption services.
Autumn Leaf Supportive Housing- $2,500 A supportive housing service in Snohomish, WA. (Supported 2010)
Caring Place (Bellingham) - $14,000 Supported 2006-2008
Child and Family Counseling (CCS WW) - $98,000 Child and Family Counseling provides counseling services for children and their families throughout the Greater Seattle and South King County regions. We serve clients and their families in a variety of settings, including family homes, schools, and our counseling offices. Our skilled clinicians provide counseling services in schools, homes, office settings, and throughout the community. Services are strengths-based, flexible, and client-driven.
Community Based Foster Care - $10,000
Communities in Schools Renton-Tukwila - $5,000 Eastside Shelter for Families (CCS King Co.) - $34,500 The Eastside Shelter for Families provides shelter to families experiencing homelessness. In it's third year of service, the 50 unit emergency shelter operates from October through May with two CCS staff on shift each night to ensure the safety and comfort of families. ESWF serves single and two parent households with one or more children age 17 or under.
Elizabeth House (closed) - $25,000 For pregnant or parenting teens; transitional housing for individuals and families. (Supported 2004-2008)
Emergency Assistance (CCS King Co.) - $229,500 Emergency Assistance of King Co. attempts to meet the needs of at-risk, low-income families in crisis and to help create greater family stability, safety, health and self-sufficiency through ongoing support. In addition to providing direct financial assistance for rent, utilities, motel vouchers, food, and gasoline, families also receive case management services.
Emergency Assistance (CCS South King Co.) - $45,000 The Emergency Assistance program assists at-risk, low-income families in crisis by addressing their basic, essential housing needs, which help foster stability, safety, health and self-sufficiency within the context of community. The program operates out of two sites, one in Bellevue and one in Kent. Emergency assistance supports low-income families in housing retention through direct financial contributions towards rent, utilities, food and transportation.
Family and Children’s Services(CCS Everett) - $25,900 Family and Children's Services include Foster Care, Early Family Support Services (EFSS) and Layette Services. We provide case management to families and children in need, primarily targeting persons of low income who otherwise would remain under-served in our community. The purpose of Foster Care, EFSS and Layette Services is to support the family and prevent child abuse and neglect. ACC funds will be used to purchase direct care items for infants, toddlers and children of low-families in Snohomish County. The funds will also help pay the fees for some foster children, in order for them to participate in school and community learning programs. Purchases will include clothes, gloves, shoes, backpacks, school supplies; school sports, camp and music fees; basic supplies for newborns and infants and foster parent training facilities and related event fees.
Family Education and Support (CCS Pierce Co.) - $5,000 Tacoma Parenting Program, classes and counseling serve primarily Tacoma and Pierce County. The classes serve approximately 500 affected clients and family members from several major sources: Washington’s Dept. of Social and Health Services and Child Protective Services, Pierce County’s Family Court; and individual referrals. ACC funds will be used to introduce and promote parenting class offerings and child care options, Low to No Income Fee Assistance and offer parenting classes with childcare. -
Family Housing Network (CCS Tacoma) - $37,500 Family Housing Network serves low-income families in Pierce County and military veteran households in King, Pierce, Thurston, Snohomish, Kitsap, Mason, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Cowlitz, Pacific or Wahkiakum counties. We provide assistance to house families experiencing homelessness, while helping to connect them with resources that maximize stability and self-sufficiency, in order to prevent future homelessness. Specialists meet with people to help them figure out a solution to their homelessness. The conversation includes problem-solving dialogue to explore options outside of the over-burdened homeless services system, as well as an assessment of strengths, vulnerability, and housing barriers in order to be prioritized for potential referral to an appropriate housing program.
Family Law CASA (King County) - $98,500 CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers continue to advocate for those children who have the greatest need. Half of the children served are under age five. The typical family has low to moderate income, with allegations of substance abuse, domestic violence or mental health issues. CASA volunteers are dedicated to helping ensure a safe, nurturing environment for children in high risk custody cases. They focus on the needs of the child, while striving to strengthen family relationships and parenting skills.
Federal Way Day Center - $10,000
Feed The Hungry (Aberdeen) - $38,000 Feed the Hungry's mission is to ensure that lunch is provided to anyone in the community who is hungry, Sunday-Friday, every week of the year.
Foster Care (CCS King County) - $76,087 Foster Care provides stable, nurturing, well-trained foster families for children who either temporarily or permanently cannot live with their biological family. Although their first priority is always to work towards the reunification of parents and children, sometimes returning the child to the family is not a viable option. Children served come from a variety of backgrounds, often have significant medical needs, developmental delays, or have experienced multiple traumas prior to coming into care.
Foster Care (CCS SW) - $107,500 CCS SW Foster Care Program has been serving families in Tacoma and surrounding communities for more than 60 years. They provide stable, nurturing, well-trained foster families for children who either temporarily or permanently cannot live with their biological family. Although their first priority is always to work towards the reunification of parents and children, sometimes returning the child to the family is not a viable option. Children served come from a variety of backgrounds, often have significant medical needs, developmental delays, or have experienced multiple traumas prior to coming into care.
Grays Harbor Youth Center (CCS WW) - $80,500 This youth center provides emergency shelter and homeless prevention services for youth aged 13-17. Their goal is to assist in providing vulnerable youth with housing stability, while supporting them with progressive and client driven case management. It is the only shelter for youth age 13-17 in a very large county.
Grays Harbor Youth Tutoring Program (CCS Grays Harbor) - $99,100 Employs the time and talents of many volunteers to provide educational support for elementary-age students who need the extra help of a one-on-one tutor and an individualized curriculum. Students are provided with two hours of intensive, individualized help after school for elementary age students. Tutors work one-on one with students in three areas: homework, basic skill building and social skills development. ACC funds will be used for non-salary related operating expenses such as occupancy expenses, shared facilities and technology expenses, telephone costs, postage, nutritious snacks for participants and non-salary placement costs relating to the Jesuit Volunteer who manages the program.
Goundwork Project (CCS King Co.) (closed) - $30,500 Provided wraparound service for homeless youth across King County. The Groundwork Project builds on strengths and develops natural support systems for youth while planning and accessing needed professional services and providing dedicated mental health, chemical dependency and coordination support. The Groundwork Project is the first program in the U.S. to use this proven wraparound strategy with a homeless youth population. Over the three years of this pilot project, Groundwork’s wraparound program has been successful in connecting resources to youth and families and building a stronger network of care. During this process, we may provide youth with funding for basic essentials such as first month’s rent, school tuition and bus passes. The Groundwork Project works with youth and young adults in King County, Washington between the ages of 16-22 years old who are at risk of or are experiencing homelessness. We also currently partner with the City of Kent to provide supportive services to young people who access their severe weather shelters. (Supported 2012-2016)
Harrington House (closed) - $88,250 Provided a temporary safe place for homeless women and children and attempts to ensure healthy births and children through prenatal health care, build parenting skills and foster economic self-sufficiency. ACC funds will be used to help pay for the direct services positions that play a vital role in Harrington House’s staff. Funds will help women become more self sufficient and support efforts to improve child safety and well-being. Mothers are equipped to maintain a safe home environment where the child is adequately cared for so they will experience healthy emotional and social development. (Supported 2005-2015)
The Healing Center- $17,500 The Healing Center creates space for people experiencing loss to share memories, learnings, challenges, and even laughter. Their grief support options span all ages and stages in the grief process. Healing is not linear; their programs are designed to support people as they evolve after loss.
Humble Design - $5,000
International Foster Care: Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Program (Tacoma) - $45,000 The International Foster Care Program (IFC)through Catholic Community Services is part of a national network of care providers who create a safe haven for children from around the world fleeing violence, abuse and persecution by providing highly specialized federally-funded foster care. These refugee and immigrant children have been separated from their adult family members or their family members are not willing or able to care for them. The program staff and foster parents are trained to address the cultural, linguistic, religious, educational, and emotional needs of the youth. For forty years, Catholic Community Services’ has been providing safe and stable homes for unaccompanied youth so they can receive needed support services while pursuing family reunification or transition to independent living.
Integrated Family Services (Skagit Family Center) -$10,000 (Supported 2005-2006)
Katharine's Place (CCS King Co.) - $84,000 Provides 25 units of safe, affordable, permanent housing for low-income and homeless families, which include African immigrant and refugee families living in the Rainer Valley neighborhood of Seattle. The majority of residents are single mothers with young children. More than 60 children and youth live in these apartments, ranging in age from 0-17 years.
Kid’s Place (Tacoma) - $3,000 (Supported 2004-2005)
Kindering (CHERISH program) - $52,000 Kindering serves infants and children whose development are affected by biological disabilities or environmental factors that impact an array of skill areas including: hearing, vision, cognitive, motor, communication, feeding and behavioral. Kindering is recognized worldwide for leadership in early intervention, implementing impactful services based on research. CHERISH directly serves foster families in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties. Kindering will use to use funding to support statewide expansion of their CHERISH program.
King County Kinship Collaboration & Kinship Caregiver Support-$75,000 Proving that it takes a village...this program is a diverse community of relatives who are raising relatives and public, and private social service providers from across the county. Kinship Collaboration strives to improve the lives of thousands of children who are being raised by their relatives through support to caregivers, such as legal guidance, financial assistance, emotional support and self care.
Latino Outreach Coordination Program (Tacoma) - $2,000 (Supported 2004-2005)
Mapleleaf Foundation - $5,000
Martin Luther King Day Home Center - $73,000 (Supported 2004-2012)
Mental Health Counseling (Everett) - $3,000 (Supported 2006)
Mother Africa Youth Program- $10,000
Our Place Day Care - (closed 2006) - $10,000 (Supported 2005)
New Bethlehem Day Center - $40,000 The New Bethlehem Place Day Center provides a welcoming and resource-rich daytime destination for families on the east side of King County who are experiencing homelessness. New Bethlehem provides easy access to essential services including showers, grab-and-go meals, laundry, onsite case management, and a comprehensive network which works together to return families to stable permanent housing as soon as possible.
Office Moms & Dads - $3,000 Office Moms & Dads, is a community of qualified volunteers partnering with child welfare offices to provide a nurturing environment for children entering foster care. Their volunteers keep children occupied and safe while social workers work behind the scenes to arrange for their long term care, often having conversations not suited for children’s ears.
Pediatric Interim Care Services (CCS SW) - $117,500 Pediatric Interim Care Services (PICS) provides specialized foster care, as well as home based support services for drug-exposed infants and their families. PICS goal is to reduce the long-term effects of prenatal drug abuse on children and families by assisting drug-exposed infants to overcome the effects of prenatal exposure to toxic substances, and support the efforts of parents to succeed in treatment and resolve underlying barriers.
Pregnancy and Parenting Support (CCS King Co.) - $195,000 (PPS) is an outreach program for pregnant and/or parenting women with children 0-3 years of age. PPS provides comprehensive services that assist with the many difficulties clients face during their pregnancy and while parenting an infant. ACC funds will be used to provide support to women and their families, enabling them to cope with the crisis brought about by an unplanned pregnancy. PPS will offer counseling; prenatal, parenting, and life skills education; and comprehensive case management assistance. Funding will also support the purchase of vital maternal supplies such as diapers, wipes and formula.
Pregnancy/Family Support(CCS Pierce Co.) - $86,500 Pregnancy and Family support for pregnant women of Pierce County that are poor, somewhat isolated and lack access to resources. The CCS Pregnancy Support counselor offers pregnant women counseling and case management to help them cope with the crisis, identify natural supports and set achievable goals for the future. ACC funds will allow this program to continue to support pregnant and parenting families struggling to survive. Primary material needs are for shelter and housing assistance, transportation and essential baby items including cribs, car seats and diapers.
Prepares (CCSWW) - $67,500 PREPARES will “walk the journey” with pregnant and parenting women, men, and families, who find themselves lacking a healthy support network. Families will be able to access mentors and holistic wrap-around services from the time of awareness of pregnancy to the child’s fifth birthday. Once fully realized, the PREPARES network will provide meaningful, professional and sustainable support to vulnerable Washington mothers, fathers, and families as they nurture their children through pregnancy and early childhood.
Rise n’ Shine Foundation- $11,500 Formerly Rise n’ Shine – the mission of Inspire Youth Project is to provide the missing social and emotional links for at-risk children. Their goal is to create an emotionally and socially healthy child, a child who will grow and contribute to our society rather than be dependent. Goals include; inspire them to hope, dream and give them a springboard to attain those dreams. (Supported 2005-2008)
Sacred Heart Shelter (CCS King Co.) - $107,500 Located on lower Queen Anne, Sacred Heart Shelter is a temporary shelter that offers a safe, home-like refuge to homeless families in Seattle. Sacred Heart Shelter mission is to empower homeless families to achieve stability with the help of community resources, gain further self-sufficiency, and obtain permanent housing equipped with the skills and resources to sustain it.
St. Mike’s Tikes(Olympia) - $78,000 St. Mike's Early Learning Center provides high quality care and an early learning program to over 100 children per year. They serve a diverse group of children from different demographic and socio-economic backgrounds. In order to support families with limited resources, the provide a sliding scale tuition and scholarships. They also partner with the Child Care Action Council to provide childcare free of charge to families in crisis.
St. Olaf’s Child Care and Early Learning Center – Poulsbo (closed) Supported through 2012. $42,500
St. Stephen’s Housing- $3,000 Transitional housing for homeless families in Kent, near the city’s border with Des Moines. St. Stephen Housing Association manages admission to Nike. (Supported 2010)
St. Vincent de Paul Conference, Emergency Assistance - $20,000 This all-volunteer organization (located at St. Anthony Catholic Church), is tasked with meeting the needs of the poor who live within their community. They serve all their neighbors with rent, utilities, clothing, food, household items, and all other necessary items that help them live with dignity.
Secret Harbor- $19,500 Secret Harbor provides skilled mental health services for youth who have experienced trauma. It serves its mission by providing three programs for minors faced with out-of-home placement: Foster Care Resources, Residential Treatment, and In-Home Family Connections.
Supervised Visitation (CCS Whatcom) - $63,500 Whatcom Family Center’s program provides supervised visits between parents and their children in foster care through collaboration among CCS, the courts, a local church, and community volunteers, as well as attorneys and advocates for victims of domestic violence. This program remains the only no-fee supervision resource for families whose circumstances almost always preclude their ability to pay, Without this program, there is no doubt that a.) more parent-child visits would occur in unsafe circumstances and/or b.) many parent-child visits would not occur at all. ACC funds will be used to fund high-risk visits supervised by the salaried Coordinator. -
The Community Kitchen (Olympia) – $81,500 With the help of volunteers, The Community Kitchen serves 8,000-10,000 meals per month. TCK serves breakfast, lunch and dinner every single day of the year. In addition to the primary meal site at the Salvation Army, The Community Kitchen also prepares lunches that are served to homeless youth at the Rosie's Place Program four times per week.
University District Youth Center - (Youthcare.org) - $91,720 UDYC (now Youthcare) provides homeless, at risk, runaway, and/or street involved youth ages 13-22 the opportunity, tools, & support in transitioning to improved living while creating a safe, nurturing environment that value and respects the cultural diversity of the youth we serve. UDYC offers a drop in and basic needs service every Monday – Thursday afternoons providing a hot, nutritious meal and an opportunity to meet our staff and receive access to their free clothing room, laundry and showers, activities, bus tickets and connections to ongoing services such as case management, school and employment programs. (Supported through 2016)
Vision House - $30,000 As a Christian social service agency in Renton and Shoreline, Washington, Vision House helps break the cycle of homelessness for families with children. Race doesn’t matter. Neither does religion, national origin, gender, or sexual preference . . . every person deserves a healthy home. It’s not a privilege, but a basic human right.
Whatcom Family Center (CCS NW) - $2,000 Whatcom Family Center has provided state-licensed community mental health services through its Whatcom Family Center for over five decades. Young clients are Medicare eligible and come seeking treatment for diagnosed mental health conditions that meet statewide access to care criteria. The children and youth served often have severe histories of trauma, as do their parents. Most families who access CCS mental health services for their child(ren) have multiple and complex needs, often related to or complicated by other challenges with housing, education, poverty, social isolation and problems such as drug/alcohol addiction, child abuse, domestic violence and other disabilities or impairments.
Youth Tutoring Program (CCS King Co.) – $189,250 Seattle provides after-school and evening educational enrichment for at-risk elementary, middle and high school children who live in six Seattle public/affordable housing communities. This grant will be used to support the YTP’s Summer Learning Program – helping students who are behind in their academics and would benefit from continued engagement over the summer. New curriculum will be purchased. ACC’s support will pay for the printing of new curriculum materials, storage supplies to keep the curriculum organized and time and labor needed to develop and implement additional math curriculum.
What We do:
Advocacy and Caring for Children (ACC) is a group of committed women who support a network of programs focused on the needs of underserved children and families in an effort to improve their quality of life. For over 103 years, ACC members have remained faithful to the needs of children and families by providing financial and volunteer resources through steadfast partnerships with organizations across Western Washington.