YMCA Community Asset Map

Thank you for your interest in joining the YMA Community Asset Mapping project. We truly believe that you are the experts here – we are just hoping to set an environment where everyone’s voices can be heard.

This website includes the following information:

  • An overview of the YMCA Therapeutic Foster Parent community
  • Why we are making a Community Asset Map
  • What the map will include, and examples of what it may look like
  • Day-of logistics (similar to those on the Facebook page)
  • Pre-meeting questions

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or comments! MSW Intern Jessie Friedmann can be reached at jfriedmann@seattleymca.org.

Event Day details

The CAM kickoff meeting will take place during our regularly scheduled foster parent training on March 14th and March 28th from 10 AM – 1:30 PM at 2100 24th Ave S. Though this will take place on a school day, childcare will be offered and lunch will be provided in order to make this meeting accessible for as many of our foster parents as possible.

We have purposefully picked to have the event during our regularly scheduled training in order to limit the number of times that foster parents need to come into the office. Still, we understand that coming into the office may not be feasible for all. For those who are unable to make it in, a conference line will be available. Please contact Jessie at jfriedmann@seattleymca.org for call-in information.

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Why are we making a Community Asset Map?

We know that becoming (and staying) a therapeutic foster parent is no small task. We are putting together a Community Asset Map to take some of the guess work out of taking care of children in your care.We hope that making an accessible Community Asset Map can help our foster parents, new and old, feel informed and empowered about the resources they have at their disposal. Additionally, it will help service providers build on areas that are currently lacking to ensure that a robust variety of services are available.

Our Community Asset Map will be a visual map of resources in the community – health, mental health, recreation, respite care, etc.We are hopeful that by putting frequently used resources into one centralized, frequently updated place, we can help you save precious time and energy.

Moving forward, we will be putting together a Community Asset Map steering committee to help ensure the map is being regularly updated and includes categories that are relevant and helpful to your lives.

Who is in our Accelerator YMCA Community?

This Community Asset Mapping process will seek to engage a diverse range of individuals and organizations who interface with children in care. While we recognize that YMCA therapeutic foster parents come from as far south as Bonny Lake and as far north as Everett, these resources will be centered in the area surrounding the main Accelerator YMCA office, located at 2100 24th Ave S. In focusing specifically on this area, we are hopeful that we can compile a comprehensive list of services instead of a less thorough map that covers a larger area.

First and foremost, this process will rely heavily on the expertise of current and former therapeutic foster parents. We strongly believe that our foster parents are experts on serving foster youth, and as such we will focus on your feedback.

We will also engage all YMCA professionals that work with children and youth in foster care. This includes providers who focus on:

  • Mental Health Counseling for youth and families
  • Youth Assessment Services
  • Short-Term Foster Care Placement Services
  • In-Home Family Preservation
  • Family Reunification Services
  • Family Support Services
  • Clinical Case Management
  • On-site Psychiatric Appointments
  • 24-hour Crisis Consultation and Outreach Support

Outside Agencies: 

We are also including representatives from the following agencies and sectors in our Community Asset Mapping process in order to build on the knowledge of others working in our community and make our map as comprehensive as possible:

  • Education
    • Treehouse
    • Seattle Public Schools
  • Health/Mental Health
    • Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (Includes dental, eye, mental health, and nutrition)
    • School-Based Health Clinics: Garfield Teen Health Center, Beacon Hill International School
    • YMCA Child and Family Therapists
  • Recreation
    • Rainier Beach Community Center 
    • YMCA of Greater Seattle
    • Seattle Parks & Recreation
  • Child Welfare
    • Children’s Administration
    • King County CSEC Task Force
  • Advocacy
    • Mockingbird Society
    • Center for Child & Youth Justice
  • Local Businesses:
    • Tutta Bella (Columbia City)
    • Fare Start
    • Goodwill Job Training & Education