Partners for Our Children is revolutionizing child welfare practices by developing technology platforms and tools that empower policymakers and social workers to meet the needs of vulnerable children, youth and families in Washington state. As a School of Social Work research and innovation center focused on child welfare practice and policy, the group works closely with the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, key decision-makers, leading experts and private philanthropic groups.
POC developed the Washington State Child Well-Being data portal, an innovative tool that delivers free, detailed and timely information about Washington’s most vulnerable children, promoting better understanding of critical issues and helping to guide system improvements. Another POC tool, Oliver, focuses on young homeless adults, using technology to determine which programs are most effective and the most efficient way to deliver services. Other projects center on policy analysis, political advocacy, funder engagement, and the mentorship of a new generation of tech-savvy social work students.
Ultimately, POC wants to see children live safe and healthy lives, supported by families who have access to the resources and services they need.