Alise Hegle BAS

Ms. Hegle is the Advocacy Lead for Children’s Home Society of Washington. Ms. Hegle works to ensure the child welfare birth parent perspective is incorporated in policy, practice and system reform efforts. She provides leadership in the passage of state legislation and assisted in the development, coordination and advocacy of SB5486- The Parents for Parents Program bill, and manages the research and implementation of that program. Additionally, Ms. Hegle coordinates Parent Ally work in Washington State and is passionate about ensuring the most disenfranchised populations in her community have a voice. Her background of prior homelessness, and juvenile, criminal and child welfare system involvement, lends critical insight into systemic barriers that impede families opportunities to thrive and help to strengthen her system advocacy efforts.

Additionally, she serves on national, state and local committees to include Children’s Administration’s Children, Youth and Family Services Advisory Committee, Harvard’s JPB Network and the Birth Parent National Network. She was recognized as a National Hero for Reunification and Child Welfare by the American Bar Association, an Unsung Hero by Washington State’s Department of Early Learning, and was also a Transforming Lives Award nominee.

However, her greatest joy is raising her daughter who is thriving and who reminds her that every day is a precious gift.