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Kinship care refers to the raising of children by relatives, and is preferred when children must live with someone other than birth parents. Kinship care helps maintain family connections and culture. These connections are central to a child’s sense of safety, security, and well-being.  Here are some of the ways kinship care has been shown to be good for children in out of home care:

  • Fewer placement changes
  • More opportunity for siblings to stay together
  • When children reunite with their birth parents, they are less likely to re-enter care
  • Reduction in trauma
  • Increase in support from extended family
  • Fewer behavioral problems

Program Benefits: 
Financial assistance with costs associated with caring for youth; advocacy and support from Samish Social Services; Respite funds available. 
Services for caregivers of Samish children outside of Indian Child Welfare System.
Assistance with relocation costs, emergency funds, furniture, extra-curricular activities and other needs.

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Harvest Meal

Anacortes, WA

Celebrate autumn with a shared meal and good company! Please RSVP by November 5 so we can save you a seat!

Dates: 17 – 17 Nov, 2018

Culture Committee Meeting

Anacortes, WA

Fourth quarterly meeting of the Culture Committee.

Dates: 18 – 18 Nov, 2018

Offices Closed - Thanksgiving & American Indian Heritage Day

Anacortes, WA

Our office will be closed on Thursday and Friday November 22nd & 23rd to celebrate Thanksgiving and American Indian Heritage Day.

Dates: 22 – 23 Nov, 2018

Lights of Christmas

Stanwood, WA

Stroll through a holiday park filled with amazing light displays!

Dates: 29 Nov – 29 Dec, 2018

Everett Silvertips

Everett, WA 98201

Come watch the Silvertips take on the Kootenay Ice!

Dates: 01 – 01 Dec, 2018

Christmas Party

Anacortes, WA 98221

Everyone is invited to the Samish Christmas party to celebrate the winter season and its holiday cheer! Santa will be there 1:00 – 3:00! Please RSVP by December 3

Dates: 16 – 16 Dec, 2018

Offices Closed - Holiday Break

Anacortes, Washington

Our office will be closed on Monday, December 24th through Tuesday, January 1st for the holiday break.

Dates: 24 Dec, 2018 – 01 Jan, 2019