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 have many free events, but here is what we offer for members...
FAMILY DINNERS | OLYMPIA
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.
Here's the schedule:
SEPTEMBER 15 - Open to current foster, adoptive & kinship families, no membership required
The first dinner your family attends is free - even if it's not in September. If you want to continue to attend we ask that you register for a membership. Scholarships are available upon request.
OCTOBER 27 - Pumpkin Patch Bash, Open to all caregivers, no membership required
NOVEMBER 10 - Parent Night Out, Member Only event
DECEMBER 8 - Gingerbread Bash, Open to all caregivers, no membership required
DECEMBER 19 - Holiday Gift Giveaway, Member-Only event
JANUARY 12 - Speaker: Emily Haynes, Special Education Teacher and Foster Mom, will be helping us start the new year with good routines after the busy holiday by showing us how to make routine charts and "this-then-that" charts for our kids to help them move from one task to the next. Supplies will be provided for this hands-on training. - Member Only Event
FEBRUARY 9 - Speaker: Nancy Raatz, Pastor of Mental Health & Recovery at Evergreen Christian Community and former missionary who, with her family, established Freedom Home, a long-term aftercare home for survivors of human trafficking. - Member Only Event
MARCH 8 - Speaker: Chantel Rohr, Mother of five who grew up with parents who did foster care will be sharing her experience. - Member Only Event
APRIL 12 - Speaker: Cathy Carlson, Owner of Headway Coaching, adoptive mom, Co-founder of Compelled to Care and Co-founder of the Restore Retreat - Member Only Event
MAY 10 - Caregiver Appreciation Event, Open to all caregivers, no membership required
June - Volunteer & Member Appreciation Event, TBD
July - Family BBQ, Open to all caregivers ,TBD
August - Back to School Supply Giveaway, Open to all caregivers, TBD
*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 due to the location of our care team; however our team has been known to send your kid's favorite snacks via Amazon).
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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DURATION OF MEMBERSHIP
FALL '23 - SUMMER '24
This session runs September 15th- August 31st.
ONE-TIME FEE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY PER SESSION
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 like food 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.