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Compelled to Care family memberships are for current foster, adoptive and kinship families who want a higher level of support and community engagement. Memberships are open to families from any county.

Compelled to Care supports foster, adoptive and kinship families through events, monthly dinners, parent meet-ups, summer playdates, resources, training and online support. We are currently supporting over 1000 people online who are foster, adoptive and kinship parents or are going through the foster parent licensing process.


Our goal with this family membership is to provide a sustainable and intentional support system for families who want to engage in even more in-person support and/or receive extra care.



Family Dinners are a time to get-together with other current foster, adoptive and kinship families who "get it." These dinners include dinner and childcare. This is a time for parents to connect over a meal, win giveaways and listen to an inspiring speaker. Kids are served a kid friendly meal in their classroom followed by a fun lesson taught from our own kids curriculum.

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Here's the schedule:

JANUARY 14 - Open to current foster, adoptive & kinship families, no membership required

The first dinner your family attends is free even if it's not in January. If you want to continue to attend we ask that you register for a membership. Scholarships are available upon request.

FEBRUARY 11 - Guest Speaker: Rochelle Wilson, Adoptee and Living Water Kids Pastor

MARCH 11 - Guest Speaker: Angie Frey, Executive Director of Pathways to Hope Network an organization that supports families and helps them navigate the court system when their children are involved in the juvenile judicial system. She will share her personal story about this journey as a mom and how she built an organization to help other families like her.

APRIL 8 - Guest Speaker: Ashley Wambach, President/Executive Director of Compelled to Care

MAY 13 - Caregiver Appreciation Event | Family BINGO Night

* Future speakers will be announced soon.

**A separate registration for each dinner is required the Wednesday before so we can prepare.


We have a care team that would love to send you cards in the mail, drop off Care Boxes when you welcome home a new child in foster care, drop off a meal when you're sick and sometimes even drop off a care package on your doorstep. (Doorstep care packages will only be delivered in Thurston, Lewis & Mason Counties due to the location of our care team).


We have generous partners. Sometimes we receive small donations that would serve a smaller group and at other times we receive large donations that can bless the whole community. When we receive smaller donations we will bring them to the family dinners first. At larger giving events we will offer Member Hours before serving the larger foster/adoptive/kinship community.


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This session runs January 1st-August 31st. 

*A new session starts in the Fall.
Sign-ups begin in August for the Fall Session.



Picture taken at the January 2022 Family Dinner



This membership is for the whole family -  one time.  We keep this membership fee relatively low so that all families can engage regardless of their size.


What does the fee go towards?

This fee helps toward the cost of the monthly dinners and events in Thurston County. As a non-profit we receive donations and do fundraising, but there are still costs beyond what we can get donated for food, building use fees and administrative things like running background checks for childcare volunteers. This membership fee doesn't cover all of our expenses - nor do we want it too. We just use this contribution to help supplement our costs and help with the sustainability of our program.

Are scholarships available?

YES! We do not want the cost of membership to keep families disconnected from monthly family dinners or extra care. Request a scholarship by filling out this short form.

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