Topics in the News- Traumatic Events

When Something Scary Happens

Explaining the News To Our Kids

Talking with Children about Traumatic News or Events


Additional Community Resources

Family Support Services


Racism and Anti-Semitism

How to talk to children about anti-Semitism

Teaching about anti-Semitism

How to talk to your kids about the violence in Charlottesville

National Education Association (NEA): Resources to address the recent events in Charlottesville

Teaching Tolerance: Website from a community of educators committed to diversity, equity and justice


Grief Resources

Things You Can Do To Help

Tips for Supporting Grieving Children

Helping Children Cope with Loss, Death and Grief

Our TreeHouse – Our TreeHouse provides resources and support in Whatcom County to grieving children, teens, their families, and their communities.

Helping Children Cope: Teacher Resources for Talking About Tragedy


LGBTQ+ and Gender Identity

LA Times article: Should kindergarten include books about being transgender?

Teaching Tolerance: Website from a community of educators committed to diversity, equity and justice

Gender Spectrum article from the Teaching Tolerance website.

How to start talking about gender diversity with kids of all ages

Talking with kids about LGBT Issues (Human Rights Campaign)

PFLAG Whatcom County

Gender Spectrum website

Gender Diversity website article:  Seattle School District introduces lessons on gender identity to elementary school kids

Anti-Defamation League article: Talking to young children about bias and prejudice

ParentMap article: Gender Identity: why it’s more important than ever to educate yourself and your family


Immigration Legal Services

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP)
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project promotes justice by defending and advancing the rights of immigrants through direct legal services, systemic advocacy, and community education.
Phone: 206.587.4009

Colectiva Legal del Pueblo
Colectiva Legal del Pueblo is a non-hierarchal collective organization founded for and by undocumented immigrants working to build community leadership and power for migrant justice through legal advocacy and education.
Phone: 206.931.1514

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Referral Service
AILA is the only legal association in the United States for immigration attorneys. More than 14,000 immigration lawyers are members of AILA.

Skagit Immigrant Rights Council

CCS Family Immigration Service


General Legal Services

Washington LawHelp
Washington LawHelp is a guide to free civil legal services for low-income persons and seniors in Washington. This site provides legal education materials and tools that give you basic information on a number of legal problems, and in some cases, detailed instructions and forms to help you represent yourself in court.


Northwest Justice Project CLEAR Hotline
NJP’s mission is to secure justice through high quality legal advocacy that promotes the long-term well-being of low-income individuals, families, and communities.
Phone: 888.201.1014


Legal Counsel for Youth and Children (LCYC)
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children provides specialized, holistic legal advocacy for children in child welfare proceedings and other juvenile court matters.
Phone: 206.494.0323


Discrimination in Employment, Housing, Others

WA State Human Rights Commission
The mission of the Washington State Human Rights Commission is to prevent and eliminate discrimination through the fair application of the law, the efficient use of resources, and the establishment of productive partnerships in the community.
Phone: 800.233.3247
Whatcom Civil Rights Project