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February 1, 2021

The Alliance is soliciting proposals for caregiver-related RFQQs

The Alliance has been named by DCYF the successful bidder for the Caregiver Retention and Support Program (CaRES), which officially launches March 15. The organization via The University of Washington is soliciting proposals from potential vendors to provide services related to this project. 

The goal for this project is to retain and support prospective foster parents, licensed caregivers and kinship caregivers, and to assist caregivers in accessing support services as they care for children and youth placed in their homes. The Alliance is looking for partners to support licensed caregivers and kinship caregivers across the state to mentor, navigate community resources, and strengthen the community in support of positive outcomes for youth and families.

The vision is that services will transcend geographic and cultural barriers through engagement with allies, recognition of our own diverse internal resources, and our connections to rich and diverse communities.

Service and support will prioritize and strengthen community-based, culturally relevant, trauma-informed practices using Alliance staff, peer mentors and a web of contracted community members, volunteers, and allies (Collectively called the Caregiver Retention, Education and Support (CaRES) program). The Alliance and its partners will prepare and support licensed caregivers and kinship caregivers by providing training, coaching, mentorship, and resource navigation to meet their individual culturally specific needs.

The CaRES Program will strongly support prospective caregivers through the licensure process by providing culturally relevant services and ongoing outreach. Contractors selected by the Alliance will provide responsive support to alternative caregiving families, answering their questions and concerns that arise through licensing and as they provide care.

There are currently two open RFQQs: 

  • Caregiver Retention, Education and Support Services: Cultural Retention Service Providers
    • Written inquiries due: 5 p.m. Feb. 5
    • Proposals due: 5 p.m. March 1
  • Caregiver Retention, Education and Support Services: Co-Trainer/Mentor
    • Written inquiries due: 5 p.m. Feb. 8
    • Proposals due: 5 p.m. March 1

View the Caregiver Retention, Education and Support Services: Cultural Retention Service Providers RFQQ and supporting documents here.

View the Caregiver Retention, Education and Support Services: Co-Trainer/Mentor and supporting documents here.

 

To learn about requirements and read full the RFQQs, log in to or create an account with the WEBS system here https://pr-webs-vendor.des.wa.gov and search for the full name of the RFQQ as noted above. This page is a helpful resource: https://des.wa.gov/services/contracting-purchasing/doing-business-state/webs-registration-search-tips.

Vendors interested in providing the required services must submit proposals per the requirements detailed in this RFQQ. If you have questions, please reach out to UW Senior Contracts Manager Dawn Lake at dawnlake@uw.edu.