Media Releases

DCYF Announces Additional COVID-19 Relief Funds for Child Care Stabilization

September 25, 2020

Olympia — Today, the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) announces a second round of child care funding to help strengthen the existing child care market for working families and providers. The Governor and Legislature approved over $70 million for the child care industry to address the ongoing economic impacts of COVID-19. These additional relief funds build on the investments made in the Spring.

DCYF Submits Revised Program Improvement Plan to Children’s Bureau

May 29, 2020

Olympia – Today, the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) submitted a revised Program Improvement Plan (PIP) to the federal Children’s Bureau. The plan details the agency’s child welfare approach to improving safety, permanency and well-being outcomes for children and families, as well as significantly reducing the number of children in out-of-home care.

DCYF Master’s Ranch - West Statement

May 19, 2020

Olympia—The Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) is working in close coordination with the Walla Walla Sheriff’s Department involving Master’s Ranch - West. However, DCYF cannot comment on any investigations that may be open. Any questions about law enforcement involvement may be directed to the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Department.

Clarification on Recent Job Posting

May 11, 2020

Olympia – In light of some concerns from the public regarding two recent job postings by the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF), the agency would like to clarify the intent of these job listings and address misinformation spreading as a result of the job description.  

DCYF Announces Child Care COVID-19 Grants

May 8, 2020

Update: Through this Child Care COVID-19 Grant, DCYF provided critical support and stabilization to more than 3,600 licensed child care providers in response to the pandemic. At this time, grant funding is depleted and the grant application is no longer available.

DCYF Recognizes National Foster Care Month

May 5, 2020

Olympia — The Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) joins the nation in celebrating National Foster Care Month, a time dedicated to recognizing those who play an essential role in the lives of children and youth in out-of-home care.

DCYF Launches Campaign to Recruit Staff for Behavior Rehabilitation Facilities

April 30, 2020

Olympia — In an effort to maintain the quality and safety standards at foster group homes throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) is currently recruiting a pool of temporary, on-call staff who can step in to work at various Behavior Rehabilitation Services (BRS) facilities across the state.

DCYF Creates Resource Guide for Washington State Parents and Caregivers During COVID-19

April 28, 2020

Olympia — The Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) recently created a resource guide to help parents and caregivers navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

ECEAP Continues Making Positive Differences in the Lives of the Families DCYF Serves

April 27, 2020

In support of Governor Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) at the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) continues to provide vital services and supports to families with young children across Washington.

DCYF Launches New Approach to Caregiver Recruitment and Retention

April 15, 2020

Olympia — The Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) will begin a new effort to recruit and retain caregivers. DCYF plans to shift its recruitment efforts to attract a diverse pool of caregivers who can meet the unique needs of children placed in out-of-home care.

The recruitment effort aims to achieve the following outcomes: