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DCYF Program Addresses Disproportionality

January 13, 2021

Olympia, WA — Individuals with a founded finding of child abuse or neglect made by the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) or a Washington State court may now apply to work in an assisted living facility or nursing home, provide long-term care services, or seek unsupervised access under a DCYF program such as child care or foster care.

DCYF Statement on V.O. Settlement

December 9, 2020

Olympia— The Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) settled a lawsuit brought by a young woman who alleged that former Children’s Administration failed to protect her from maltreatment. Originally filed as a $50 million tort claim, the suit settled for $2 million.

Celebrating 45 Years of Special Education

December 3, 2020

Olympia – The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) are pleased to join together to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Fall Child Care COVID-19 Grant Now Available

November 5, 2020

Olympia – Today, the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) announces the Fall Child Care COVID-19 Grant for licensed child care providers. The grant will help child care providers offset increased costs associated with the pandemic and incentivize providers to serve school-age children.

Statement on Out-of-State Youth

October 20, 2020

Olympia – In 2018, Disability Rights Washington released its recommendations to the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) after conducting a case study of out-of-state youth. DCYF took immediate action to assess youth safety and deployed teams of executive and social work staff to visit every Washington youth placed in any out-of-state facility.

Children's Bureau Approves DCYF's Prevention Plan

October 2, 2020

Olympia – The federal Children’s Bureau approved the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) Family First Prevention Plan Thursday. Washington becomes the eighth state in the nation to have their plan approved.

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.