Request for Certificate of Parental Improvement (CPI)

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DCYF must use the criteria outlined in RCW 74.13.720(4) to determine if you are eligible to request a CPI. You are not eligible for a CPI if any of the following apply:
  • It has been fewer than five years since you had a founded finding of child abuse or neglect
  • You were previously denied a CPI in the last two years
  • You were the subject of a founded finding of child abuse or neglect after receiving a CPI
  • You have a founded finding for sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, or physical abuse that involved cutting, burning, interfering with a child’s breathing, shaking a child under age 3, or threatening a child with a deadly weapon
  • You have a conviction or pending criminal investigation, or any out-of-state, federal or state conviction for a felony offense that is comparable to:
    • Any felony offense involving the physical neglect of a child under Chapter 9A.42 RCW
    • Any felony offense under Chapter 9A.32 RCW or Chapter 9A.36 RCW involving a physical injury or death of a child
    • Any felony domestic violence offense committed against a family or household member as defined in Chapter 10.99 RCW
    • A felony offense against a child under Chapter 9.68A RCW
    • Any of the following felony offenses: 
      • Any felony defined under any law as a class A felony or an attempt to commit a class A felony 
      • Criminal solicitation of or criminal conspiracy to commit a class A felony 
      • Manslaughter in the first or second degree
      • Indecent liberties
      • Kidnapping in the second degree
      • Arson in the second degree
      • Extortion in the first degree
      • Robbery in the second degree
      • Drive-by shooting
      • Vehicular homicide

Please contact DCYF at dcyf.cpi@dcyf.wa.gov or 1-800-998-3898, option 8, if you are unsure about your eligibility or have questions.

DCYF shall issue a CPI if, on a more probable than not basis, you have the character, suitability, and competence to care for children, youth or vulnerable persons and meet the other requirements in RCW 74.13.720. A statement and any documentation that shows how your behavior has changed since the finding of child abuse or neglect will assist this assessment and may include, but not limited to:

  • Recent assessments or evaluations
  • Completion or progress toward completion of recommended court-ordered treatment, services, or programs
  • Personal and professional references from employers, professionals, and agencies familiar with your current character
  • Any education, volunteer work, employment history, or community involvement
  • Other information that indicates changed behavior or rehabilitation

Please provide your statement below or send your statement and any other documentation to dcyf.cpi@dcyf.wa.gov or PO Box 40993, Olympia, WA 98504. Be sure to include your full name on any documents you send separately.