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Family Support

Support Services for Deaf, Deaf/Blind,
and Hard of Hearing Parents

The City of Seattle provides funding for Positive Deaf Parenting, a parent education and support program offered through Abused Deaf Womens Advocacy Services. Parenting classes and workshops provide information and support that can help break generational abuse. ADWAS is open to all deaf, deaf/blind and hard of hearing parents. Services are provided by deaf and hearing teachers with interpreters for deaf and deaf/blind participants.

Parenting classes and workshops are scheduled quarterly and one-on-one parenting consultation is available by appointment.

Activities include:

  • Positive Discipline class for parents with children age five and above
  • Parenting Through Play class for parents with children age birth to three
  • Parenting Teenagers class
  • Talking to Your Kids about Drugs and Alcohol workshop and Building Bridges workshop
  • A parent support group
  • Special events for families throughout the year

All classes are free of charge and include light snacks, structure activities for children under the age of five, and materials.


For more information about these services, visit the Abused Deaf Womens Advocacy Services Web site; call 206-726-0093 (TTY) or 1-800-833-6384 (Washington Relay Service); or e-mail

For more information about Seattle Human Services Department-funded services for children and families, call 206-386-1017 or e-mail

Seattle Human Services Department
Street address: 700 5th Avenue, Suite 5800, Seattle, WA 98104
Mailing address: PO Box 34215, Seattle, WA 98124-4215

Phone: 206-386-1001
Fax: 206-233-5119
TTY/TTD: 206-233-2778

Accommodations for people with disabilities provided upon request.