CHILDREN FAMILY SERVICES » Advocacy Opportunities

Children rely on parents to advocate for services and supports that make a difference in their growth and development.  There are many resources and opportunities for families to develop advocacy skills and to take a leadership role in the field of early intervention or disabilities.  Here are just a few:

Local Opportunities:

  • Garfield/Whitman Interagency Coordinating Council (CICC) 509-332-4420

              Contact Sue Kreikemeier at:  suek@boostcollaborativewa.org

An advisory council to Boost Collaborative, the CICC works to facilitate and maintain a cooperative, collaborative delivery system among entities and individuals in our county who provide services to and have an interest in children birth to three years of age and their families.

  • Whitman County Developmental Services Board (WCDS Board)

Contact Janel Goebel at:  JanelG@county.whitman.wa.us

The WCDS Board serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of Commissioners of Whitman County for the purpose of improving services to children and adults with developmental disabilities in Whitman County.

Statewide Opportunities:

This statewide parent network provides emotional support and education to parents who have young children with disabilities or developmental delays.

  • Washington PAVE (Partners for Action, Voices for Empowerment)  800-5PARENT   www.wapave.org

PAVE provides a statewide parent training and information center that provides advocacy training and assistance to families who have children with disabilities ages birth through adulthood.

  • Washington State Interagency Coordinating Council (SICC) 360-725-3500   www.del.wa.gov/esit

This statewide council is responsible for advising the Washington State Department of Early Learning- Early Support for Infants and Toddlers program (ESIT) on planning and development of the statewide early intervention system.

This SICC committee works to ensure that families and their perspectives are represented at all levels of the Washington State early intervention system.