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Compelled to Care serves foster and adoptive families through building community, training and providing opportunities to serve foster kids.


Being a foster and adoptive parent is exciting and messy because it’s like bringing the mission field into your home. Being the hands and feet of jesus and caring for the most vulnerable takes endurance. It requires community with others doing the same thing because you cannot sustainably do this alone.  



Compelled to Care Dinners are a great opportunity to meet other foster & adoptive families, people who are interested in getting licensed, and those who just want to serve the community.

WHEN: The second Friday of every month at 6pm. Dinner & child care included for kids birth to 13-years-old with RSVP.

FOOD: Adults are served a family style meal while children are served a kid-friendly meal in their classrooms.

PROGRAM: The adult program rotates every month between training, speakers and fun events. The kids program is led by Evergreen Kids. They provide a new lesson plan every month that includes organized activities, free play and crafts.


Training - Parenting kids with a trauma background requires learning a new set of tools. Ibsen Family Support Network helps provide Compelled to Care with curriculum and facilitators who can teach on parenting foster and adopted kids. Our Parent Training Series and LifeTreks provide training hours for foster parents.

Women's Bible Study: Compelled to Care hosts a table for Foster/Adoptive Moms at Tuesday morning bible study. April 10-May 29 from 9:00-11:00am. Childcare is provided. Sign up here.

Burger Bros - for Foster & Adoptive Dad's. Meets at a different restaurant the third Friday of every month.

LifeTreks - Seasonal Wednesday night classes at 6:30pm starting up again in April. Child care is provided. View classes here. 


Reframing Foster Care - April 11-May 30 on Wednesdays at 6:30pm. This class will help you view foster care through the lens of the gospel. This class is good for foster/adoptive parents, those going through licensing or those who are thinking about becoming foster parents. Child care is provided. Sign up here.

Foster Graduate Gift Drive

Compelled to Care is collecting gifts for Thurston County Foster Teens graduating from High School. Our goal is to give essentials for their first apartment or dorm room. Help us celebrate them by providing all the gifts on their wish list. Contact Ashley Wambach at to pick up gift tags or if you wish to financially donate.

Unwrapped gifts are due by June 10th at the Olympia ECC office.

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Not everyone can or wants to be a foster parent and that's okay! There are still ways to serve foster kids even if they're not living in your home. Here are some immediate ways to serve:

- We need people who have a heart for foster kids to volunteer in child care during our monthly dinners. If you are excited to serve please contact Sylvia LeRiche, Nursery Coordinator, at


If you have creative ideas for serving foster and adoptive families, want to get connected to the Compelled to Care community or have questions about how to get licensed for foster care please contact Ashley Wambach, Compelled to Care Director, at