Skookum Kids

Skookum Kids


foster care


Ushering in a new era of foster care

Skookum Kids bring fresh ideas and new energy to a broken system. Foster care has a bad reputation—sometimes deserved—but we see hope and change.

We believe the world is full of people who want to help but don't know how, so we craft a suite of volunteer opportunities so that everyone can participate in this important work. These volunteer opportunities range from one-time events ideal for large groups to year-long commitments that enable a sustained relationship with a particular child. We take great pride in finding the right way for every person to participate in this revolution.

Our approach to caring for foster children is both innovative and common sense. We are changing the world, and we'd love to have you along for the ride.




316 E McLeod Rd Ste 108 Bellingham WA 98226




Major Activities

The 72 Hour Problem

The first 3 days of foster care are often the most turbulent for a child. That's why we pay extra special attention to it with our Skookum House program. Approximately 200 children every year spend their first few days in foster care with us, in the care of our trained volunteers.

Perch & Play

An indoor playground and cafe in downtown Bellingham, Washington that is both open to the public and home to some of our most critical operations. This place is an ideal hangout for parents and children alike.

200 by 2020

Nothing would have a bigger impact on the state of foster care in our community than doubling the number of active foster homes. That's why our biggest goal is to add 200 new foster homes by December 31, 2020. Are you one of them?

Communications & Public Relations

There is a lot of misinformation about foster care. We consider it our mission to correct the record, to share the true, gripping stories of real-life foster parents and choke out the destructive lies that too many believe.

Supporting Programs

Foster parenting is harder than it needs to be, and we think we can fix that. By eliminating the pain points that make life unnecessarily difficult for foster parents and social workers, we can make a foster care that serves kids well without burning out generous caregivers.

Policy & Advocacy

Since true reform will require smarter child welfare policy, we spend an equal amount of time with both caregivers on the frontline and decision makers in the capital.


Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.
— Margaret Mead


Let's Chat.

Skookum Kids is a movement to do foster care differently, and there's room for everyone. If you'd like to discuss the best way to get involve, drop us a line, we'd love to get coffee and talk about the bright future that we all imagine.

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