Who's eligible

Youth, teens, and young adults currently in foster care or extended foster care with a home address in King County can get a 100% free membership. Foster families in King County can get a 25% discount off the cost of a family membership.

How to Join

Before you begin, you'll need these documents: a government-issued ID and either proof of your foster parent license or Ward of the Court letter. If you are under 16 you do not need a government-issued ID.

Next, bring your documents to Member Services at any YMCA of Greater Seattle branch. If you are under 18, please bring your foster parent with you. They'll need their proof of foster parent license with them to complete your membership. If you are over 18 and in foster care, bring your Ward of the Court letter with you. And if you're a foster parent, bring your proof of foster parent license with you to get your discounted family membership.

At Member Services you will complete a membership application, sign waivers, have your photo taken, and get your membership card on the spot. Memberships are valid for one year from the date of issue and can be renewed annually by following this same process.

What's Included with Membership

You'll receive all of the Y’s membership benefits, including:

  • Access to all 14 Y branches across Greater Seattle
  • Swimming pools at most locations,
  • Unlimited group exercise classes for all fitness levels, and more!

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About the Program

We are proud to offer free memberships for all King County kids in foster care, and a 25 percent family membership discount for all King County foster families. This initiative means thousands of kids, regardless of their foster family’s licensor, will have access to health and wellness initiatives across King County.

This membership discount is an expansion of the Y’s Community of Fostering initiative to build a network of support within foster family communities. Foster families who are licensed through the Y will continue to receive a 100% discount for their memberships.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be licensed with the YMCA to be eligible?

No. This offer is open to all youth and families in King County.

What if I am licensed with the YMCA?

Foster families that are licensed with the Y receive free membership as an exclusive benefit of being licensed with the Y. If you're licensed with the YMCA, contact your case manager to receive an eligibility letter for membership and visit a YMCA of Greater Seattle branch to join.

Can I sign up at YMCA’s outside of King County?

For this specific offer, no. You need to redeem this at one of the 13 YMCA of Greater Seattle branches. Neighboring counties and YMCA’s may offer other discounts and offers for youth in foster care and their families. Please inquire with them directly for additional information.

Will my youth in foster care be identified in system or on paper anywhere?

No. We respect and honor the privacy of our youth in foster care.

Am I able to sign up online?

This offer is currently only available in person and is not available for online redemption.

Who can I contact for more information or questions?

Welcome center staff at any of our branches are happy to help you. You may also contact us for additional support setting up your membership.