Media Releases

DCYF Celebrates Parent Recognition Month and Recognizes Unsung Heroes at Honors Ceremony

February 21, 2019

Olympia —The Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) is celebrating Parenting Recognition Month by joining with Seattle’s Child magazine to honor extraordinary parents, caregivers, guardians, and community members in Washington through the Unsung Heroes campaign. DCYF’S Strengthening Families team will host an Unsung Heroes Awards Ceremony to honor this year’s nominees on Monday, February 25 from 4 to 7 p.m.

DCYF Participates in Annual Winter Innovation Summit

February 6, 2019

Supports performance-based contracting throughout the State

DCYF Embraces Revised Braam Outcomes for Youth Who Run Away from Foster Care

February 1, 2019

Olympia - Yesterday, Judge Charles R. Snyder, Whatcom County Superior Court, approved a joint motion filed by the State and the plaintiff's counsel in the Braam v. State of Washington lawsuit revising the outcomes regarding youth who run away from foster care.

DCYF Awarded Federal Birth Through Five Preschool Development Grant

January 11, 2019

Olympia — The Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) was recently awarded a federal Preschool Development Birth Through Five Grant (PDG B-5) from the Department of Health and Human Services. DCYF was awarded $5,270,656 through December 31, 2019.

DCYF Ends Year with Focus on New Mission

December 20, 2018

Olympia — The holiday season is the time of year people take a particular interest in the well-being of families and children in the state of Washington and across the nation. It is also an appropriate time to reflect on what families, educators and caretakers have accomplished for the youngest among us.

Five Anacortes-area child care facilities being inspected for unlicensed care

November 14, 2018

DCYF will work with these facilities to ensure compliance with state child care laws

OLYMPIA – The Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) has issued Declarations of Unlicensed Care to five child care facilities in the Anacortes area following formal complaints that the facilities were providing unlicensed care.

DCYF Celebrates Indian Child Welfare Act 40th Anniversary

November 8, 2018

Olympia — The Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) will recognize the 40th Anniversary of the Indian Child Welfare Act on November 8, 2018. Tribes will gather to celebrate ICWA and its relevant impact on maintaining Indian families.

DCYF’s Commitment to Improving Quality care for Children

November 1, 2018

Recent H.B.H. Washington Supreme Court Decision

DCYF to join in celebrating adoptions from foster care during

November 1, 2018

One such event will be held in Spokane Nov. 16 to commemorate adoptive families

DCYF’s Response to DRW Out-of-State Placement Case Study of Washington’s Youth

October 17, 2018

Olympia —Today, Disabilities Rights Washington (DRW) publicly released its recommendations to the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) after conducting a case study of out-of-state youth. The DRW case study is a review of Clarinda Academy, a facility located in Iowa. After its review, DRW submitted five recommendations to DCYF.