Family Advocacy

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Many of the families who partner with SWYFS are immigrants or refugees who live below the poverty level.

Our Family Advocates reflect the people we serve. They live in the community, and they speak many of the languages represented there, including Spanish, Somali, Arabic, and Cambodian. Family Advocacy support is also available at all of our New Futures sites.

The Family Resource Center at our Delridge office is a welcoming space where families come for support with resources and skills, and to celebrate cultural diversity. Many families in King County are struggling to survive as the price of living is steadily increasing. The stresses of this are increased for the young parents who have yet to establish their place in society, for immigrants and refugee families who are navigating new and complicated systems or may be undocumented, or for vulnerable senior populations.

The Family Resource Center offers:

  • One community gathering/training room
  • Weekly one-on-one individual and family meetings with family advocates providing support in 5 different languages
  • Raising a Reader program for 0-5-year-olds and their parents
  • Young Parent program
  • Community Celebration and Events

Our Family Advocacy Programs

Every individual who walks through our doors receives information and connections to community services to help guide them on their path to success. This includes full access to our programs, basic needs support, parenting classes, and more.

In order to help families be healthy, stable, and self-sufficient, our Family Advocates build relationships based on respect and cultural competency. SWYFS offers support and advocacy for families of all backgrounds, including those of Cambodian, Iraqi, Latino, Pacific Islander, and Somali descent. We conduct home visits and partner with families to find resources, problem solve and meet family goals.

Family Advocates also assist with basic needs such as translation, transportation, mediation, resource referrals, and helping families navigate the many systems they interact with every day including medical, legal, immigration, and school systems. We also have a wide variety of classes and programs available in languages other than English. Advocacy support is available at our Family Resource Center in Delridge as well as all of our New Futures sites.

Classes for families raising children ages 0-18 are scheduled throughout the year. Classes range in length from four to ten weeks and meet one or two times per week. Free childcare and refreshments are provided for all parenting classes. Many of our parenting classes fulfill court-ordered parent training and are available in languages besides English.

Community and engagement are essential throughout SWYFS. For example, SWYFS’ New Futures Program is particularly suited to implement this program by being firmly embedded- physically and culturally- in the communities served. 70% of staff are bilingual and represent the many racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds of the youth and families served. Additionally, New Futures facilities are located on-site of the housing complexes where students live, and some staff are former program recipients and have or continue to live in the apartment complexes