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Foster Care: A System in Crisis — A Town Hall Discussion


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

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Washington’s foster care system is in crisis as children are shunted between unsuitable temporary placements. The need for foster care is increasing, while there are fewer families willing and able to welcome foster children into their homes. How do we fix the system? What actions must we take? Where should the conversation start?  
Join KCTS 9, InvestigateWest, CrosscutTown Hall Seattle and an expert panel for a revealing and candid discussion of the fundamental problems within Washington State’s foster care system, as well as a look at some potential solutions. 
Moderated by Town Hall Program Director and former KUOW reporter Katy Sewall, the panel of experts include; Snohomish County Prosecutor Adam Cornell, Representative Ruth Kagi (D-Seattle), former Department of Social and Health Services employee Dee Wilson, advocacy lead and Washington State Parent Ally Committee/Children's Home Society of Washington staffer Alise Hegle, and Foster Parents Association of Washington State Executive Director Mike Canfield. Join them as they discuss what the state can improve the system and what the Washington Legislature must do to implement needed changes.
When: Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Where: Town Hall Seattle (downstairs room), 1119 Eighth Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98101 (Enter at Seneca Street)
Time: 7:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m. 
The event is free and open to the public. 
Learn more about Washington State’s foster care crisis at
This program was made possible with generous support from the Loeb Family Charitable Foundation and the Satterberg Foundation.

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