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Below are Department of Corrections (DOC) policies that apply to and/or relate to family support.

Laws & Regulations

Below are State Laws (RCWs) and Regulations (WACs) that apply to and/or relate to family support.

Revised Code of Washington (RCW)

Washington Administrative Code (WAC)


Below are Department of Corrections (DOC) publications that apply to family support.


Resource Links

Events & Opportunities

The Impact of Incarceration

Family & Children Resources

  • Child Support Modifications
    Your life is changing all the time. Child support doesn’t change automatically with life changes, but you can ask the Division of Child Support - DCS to review your order for changes (called a modification).
  • Disability Organizations
    The purpose of this list of nonprofit disability-related organizations is to provide Emergency Medical Service providers, families, communities, caregivers, and people with disabilities with contact information for nonprofit disability-related organizations and agencies in Washington State, per the requirements established by the 2017 legislation Substitute House Bill 1258, known as the Travis Alert Act (RCW 43.70.490).
  • Family Help Line
    Statewide, toll-free telephone line to live parenting coaches, and online searchable database of classes, support groups, events and resources organized by city.
  • Kinship Care
    Resources for grandparents or other family members who are raising a relative's child, or are seeking a support group.
  • Mobile Community Services Office
    There are two separate vehicles that have each been designed to be a fully functional Community Services Office. Each vehicle includes a reception area, private interview stations and a sun shade for people to be protected from the elements. The vehicles are configured with all of the equipment needed for staff to complete intake interviews, issue QUEST (EBT) cards, copy and scan documents and provide information on CSD programs and services.
  • National Fatherhood Initiative
    Equips organizations and communities to intentionally and proactively engage fathers in their children's lives.
  • Office of the Education Ombuds (OEO)
    OEO is a small state agency under the Governor’s office that was created to help share information with families and communities about our state’s k-12 public schools, help collaboratively resolve disputes between families and schools, and engage in policy efforts aimed at reducing opportunity gaps and improving outcomes for all students. To request services, please contact the OEO.
  • Parent Help 1-2-3
    Helps Washington State families find services in their communities and apply for health insurance, food assistance programs, and provides health information for pregnant women, children and families. This website is also available in Español.
  • Parent Trust for Washington Children (PTWC)
    Source of support, learning and resources for parents, caregivers, and children.
  • Project Avary
    At Project Avary, we help children heal from the impacts of having a parent in prison. We do this by surrounding youth with a long-term, supportive community of peer and adult mentors and by empowering them with leadership development skills so they can break free from generational cycles of trauma and incarceration. Youth from anywhere in the country can connect with the Project Avary Community through our online program for children with incarcerated parents. For years we’ve gotten requests to bring Project Avary to other parts of the country (and world!). Through our exploration of these requests and our commitment to developing a program that was rooted in our values and integrity, we learned that it was 100% possible to create a phenomenal container for community, healing, and transformation in an online space while also powerfully incorporating the four key Avary Way strategies: a supportive community, a common experience of familial incarceration, play and fun, and real talk.
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Resources
    The Washington State Traumatic Brain Injury Council provides learning and resources that emphasize education and interpersonal support.
  • Washington State Office of the Family and Children’s Ombuds (OFCO)
    OFCO is an independent office that helps citizens navigate Washington state agencies serving children, youth and families. The Ombuds also investigates complaints about the Department of Children, Youth and Families’ (DCYF) conduct that involve: any child at risk of abuse, neglect, or other harm; a child or parent involved with child protection or child welfare services; or the safety or welfare of children in state care.
Programs for Children
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
    Helping children develop supportive relationships with positive role models.
  • Childrens Home Society of Washington
    Oldest and largest statewide non-profit organization dedicated to child welfare by providing programs and services to support children in need and by strengthening families.
  • Girls Scouts Beyond Bars
    A Girl Scouts program whose primary goal is to lessen the impact of parent-child separation due to incarceration.
  • Kids United by Incarceration (KUBI) Summer Camp
    A summer camp sponsored by the Department of Corrections (DOC) and Girl Scouts of Western Washington for children ages 8-12 years old who have a parent incarcerated at a DOC facility. Incarcerated parents are provided an opportunity to register their eligible children for KUBI camp (3 days, 2 nights).
  • Mentor: The National Mentoring Partnership
    Helps young people find supportive relationships to grow and develop into thriving, productive and engaged adults.
  • Powerful Voices
    A Seattle-based organization that fosters adolescent girls' development through holistic programming.
Addiction & Treatment Resources
  • Addiction Resource
    Free & Confidential 24/7 Rehab Helpline. Feel Hope Without Commitment. We will help you to find the best drug and alcohol rehab centers and programs!
  • Addiction Guide
    Help for all those affected by addition with reliable and comprehensive resources, advise, tips and guides.
  • Drug Rehab USA
    The Fentanyl Crisis: How Synthetic Opioids Are Driving Addiction, Overdose, And Deaths
  • Drug Treatment Center Finder
    Drug addiction resources to include information on drug withdrawals, types of treatment available, guides, insurance verification and benefits explanation, as well as an addiction hotline.
  • Project Know: Understanding Addition
    Information about the options available for treating addiction (behavioral health, alcohol and drugs), and a national directory of teen resources, addiction therapists, treatment centers, and sober living providers.
  • Substance Use Prevention Education (SUPE)
    Our experienced team built SUPE by surveying addiction professionals and utilizing high-quality medical resources to help educate different groups about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

Online Publications

Recommended Books

For Adults
  • 99 Days and a Get Up: A Guide to Success Following Release for Incarcerated Individuals and Their Loved One by Ned Rollo, American Correctional Association
For Children
  • A Visit to the Big House by Oliver Butterworth (Susan Avishai)
  • Two in Every 100: A Special Workbook for Children with a Parent In Prison, available from Reconciliation, 702 51st Ave N, Nashville, TN 37209 or (615) 292-6317
  • When Andy's Father Went to Prison by Martha Whitmore Hickman (Larry Raymond)
  • Mama Loves Me from Away by Pat Brisson
  • Let's Talk About When Your Parent is in Jail by Maureen K. Wittbold
  • Finding the Right Spot: When Kids Can't Live with Their Parents by Janice Levy (Whitney Martin)