Commission on Children and Youth

 Program Overview

In 1992, as a step towards improving state services for children, Washington State lawmakers officially established the Family Policy Council, charged with making social programs and policies more responsive to the needs of families. Community Public Policy Health and Safety Networks were established by the Legislature in 1994 - using Family Policy Principles - as a way to give communities a larger role by tackling their own social problems. 

The Commission on Children and Youth became the local Community Public Health and Safety Network for Kitsap County in August of 2000. The Youth Commission supports activities that increase the capacity for the community to build developmental assets among youth. The Commission also serves as an advisory board to the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners, and the Local Public Health and Safety Network. Learn more about the Commission on Children and Youth Advisory Board and how you can get involved.

 Key Focus Areas

There are four key areas that the Youth Commission has identified as priorities to support and promote the development, health, and well-being of Kitsap County children and youth:

  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Youth Substance Abuse
  • Youth Engagement/Drop-Out Intervention
  • Youth Violence

 News & Events

In an average year, millions of Americans drive drunk or impaired by illicit drugs. Traffic fatalities during December holiday celebrations like Christmas and New Year's Eve significantly increase those numbers. Families play an essential part in stopping impaired driving. By talking about the risks and setting clear expectations, parents and other caregivers can help their children stay safe, sober, and focused on the road. Learn more about prevention, and find resources and toolkits to help keep our roads safe. December is national impaired driving month informational image

 Need help?

Kitsap1 is your first call for County services and questions. 

Call 360.337.5777 or email

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Questions about the Commission on Children and Youth? Contact Laura Hyde, Program Coordinator via email at or call 360-337-4879


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