About Children's Administration

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An end to child abuse and neglect


To transform lives by acting to protect children and promote healthier families through strong partnerships with the community and tribes

Who We Are

Children’s Administration (CA) is the public child welfare agency for the state of Washington. Our 2,400 staff in 46 field offices work with children, families and the community to identify their needs and develop a plan for services that support families and assure the safety and well-being of children. These services are designed to reduce the risk of abuse, find safe alternatives to out-of-home placement and assure safety and permanency for children in out-of-home care.

CA’s core services focus on the following:

  • Child Protective Services (CPS) – Persons who suspect that a child is being abused or neglected contact CPS with their concerns. If the allegations meet the screening criteria, they will be assigned to an Investigation or Family Assessment Response:
    • Investigations - Allegations of sexual abuse and severe allegations of physical abuse and neglect are investigated to determine if abuse or neglect occurred and whether additional services are needed to keep children safe and help the family to be successful in the long-term.
    • Family Assessment Response (FAR) – FAR is an alternative CPS pathway for families with low and moderate allegations of child abuse or neglect. Families who qualify for FAR may choose the FAR or Investigative pathway. In FAR, there is no investigation and no finding about whether the alleged abuse or neglect occurred. Social workers work with the family to keep children safe and build on their strengths to establish the community supports the family needs to be successful in the long-term.
  • Child and Family Welfare Services (CFWS) – Whether a dependency petition has been filed or the family has agreed to services or placement of their child through Family Voluntary Services, our CFWS social workers work with the families and children to reunify them or to find other permanent options for the children.
  • Division of Licensed Resources (DLR) - The staff in DLR license foster homes, complete home studies for relatives, and investigate alleged violations of licensing standards by licensed providers as well as allegations of abuse or neglect by licensed providers.DLR staff also conduct adoption home studies that are used in the adoption of legally free children into permanent homes.

Administrative Team

Jennifer Strus, Assistant Secretary