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January 2018

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January 17, 2018
Notification that the DLR WAC Rule-Making is in Process
Children's Administration is notifying you that the rule making process has begun. The CR-101 was filed on January 10, 2018 to initiate the process to make changes to the Division of Licensed Resources (DLR) WACs. There are several DLR WACs in the 388-148 Child Foster Homes, 388-145 Group Care, or 388-147 Child Placing Agencies and Adoption Services that are in the process of being revised. The Preproposal Statement of Inquiry CR-101 and the proposed WAC language are attached for your review; the proposed revisions are in red.

The amended language in this revision has been requested by DSHS staff, the Fire Marshal, private agency staff, group care staff, foster parents and other stakeholders. The proposed changes will be shared through the foster parent distribution list and posted to the foster parent website.  The proposed changes will also be discussed at the upcoming 1624 Statewide Consultation Meeting in January, the Private Agency Licensor (PALs) Statewide Meetings and the Children’s Administration Indian Policy Advisory Committee during the month of February.

You will also be receiving a notice when the CR-102 has been filed. At that time the attached WACs will be open for comment and you will receive the date for the public hearing. Please contact Kristina Wright at 360.902.8349 or if you have any questions pertaining to this WAC filing.

January 8, 2018
Are you curious about how Children’s Administration measures its success in serving children, families, and caregivers?  For a brief overview, watch th​is video.

December 20, 2017
Notification that the DLR WAC Rule-Making is in Process
This is the notification for Children’s Administration, DLR emergency WAC filing (CR-103E) that went into effect on 12/19/2017. There was a recent practice change, that required the emergency WAC language to be amended. The new WAC language clarifies that DLR is no longer completing fingerprint for 16 and 17 year olds living in a licensed foster homes. DLR is now required to complete an in-state or Washington State Patrol background check as was required prior to 10/19/17. The emergency WAC WSR 18-01-117 that is attached to this email supersedes the previous emergency WAC filed on 10/19/17. Please see the new WAC language on the attachment SHS-4658.4. The rule making forms and the Small Business Economic Impact Statement and Cost Benefit have been filed and are  attached for your review. These documents are required when proposing WAC changes. 

The CR-102 has also been filed, which opens the amended WACs for public comment. The public comment period for the following rule changes is now through January 23, 2018 at 5:00pm. Read more


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  • Foster Parent & Caregiver Support line - 1-800-301-1868
    The Foster Parent & Caregiver Support Line provides phone support when foster parents and relative caregivers are in crisis. Children’s Administration social workers answer the calls and can offer behavior management advice, problem solving tips and a listening ear. The support line operates after business hours through CA’s Central Intake.
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  • Call your local Children's Office 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Mon - Fri
  • Call 24 hour Foster Parents Association of Washington State (FPAWS) Line at 1-800-391-CARE or 1-800-391-2273
  • Call a Washington State Mental Health crisis line for local assistance with a mental health crisis.