News Archive

May 28, 2020
Foster Parents Recognized for Collaboration with Parents

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May 15, 2020
May is Foster Care Month

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May 15, 2020
Thanking Our Foster Parents and Kinship Caregivers

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May 14, 2020
Drive-In Wi-Fi Hotspots Available Statewide

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May 6, 2020
Foster Youth Recognized in Drive-By Celebration

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May 6, 2020
COVID-19 Resource Guide for Washington State Parents and Caregivers

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May 6, 2020
Washington Trafficking Prevention Training

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May 6, 2020
Applied Behavior Analysis Training Available

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April 27, 2020
Cash and Food Benefits

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April 27, 2020
Parent, Caregiver Virtual Forum

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April 27, 2020
Foster Care Liaisons Available

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April 27, 2020
FPAWS Caregiver Conference Rescheduled

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March 31, 2020
Advice to the Caregiver Community about Distance Learning

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March 31, 2020
Fun Tips and Activities for Children and Families

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March 31, 2020
Talking with Children About COVID-19

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March 24, 2020
‘We Are Family Day’ Event Postponed

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March 18, 2020
COVID-19 Fact Sheet for Grandfamilies and Multigenerational Families

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March 18, 2020
Treehouse Offers Driver’s Assistance for Foster Youth

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March 17, 2020
Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with COVID-19

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March 17, 2020
Schools Closed Through April 24 in Washington State

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March 17, 2020
How Are Caseworkers Trained?

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March 6, 2020
Coronavirus - COVID-19 Updates

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March 3, 2020
March is National Social Work Month

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March 3, 2020
Puyallup Foster Parent Praises Caseworker’s Passion

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February 27, 2020
Training: Addressing Eating Disorders

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February 27, 2020
Safe Kids Day

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February 27, 2020
Camp to Belong Washington Now Accepting Applications

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February 25, 2020
Seattle Mariners We Are Family Day Tickets Go On Sale

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February 25, 2020
Permanency From Day One Grant Update

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February 25, 2020
Everett Caseworker Nominated for Child Passenger Safety Technician of the Year

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February 25, 2020
Registration is Now Open for Children’s Justice Conference

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February 18, 2020
Caregiver Survey: We Want to Hear From You

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February 18, 2020
17th Annual Voices of Children Contest

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February 11, 2020
Changes to Public Charge Take Effect Feb. 24

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February 11, 2020
Changes to Child Welfare Policies and WAC Took Effect Feb. 1

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February 6, 2020
Virtual Medical Care Now Available for AHCC-Enrolled Children and Youth

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January 23, 2020
Seattle Caseworker Recognized

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January 23, 2020
Pinwheels for Prevention

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January 23, 2020
Non-Profit Offers Free Birthday Parties for Foster Youth

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January 17, 2020
2019 Tax Season and Information for Caregivers

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January 14, 2020
Caseworker Travels the ‘Extra Mile’ for Client

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January 14, 2020
Secretary Hunter Ushers DCYF Into the New Year

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December 30, 2019
Washington Car Seat Laws Changing

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December 30, 2019
Region 6 Hosts Foster Family Holiday Party

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December 30, 2019
Region 2 Staff Recognized for Their Hard Work

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December 30, 2019
Recognize an Unsung Hero for Parent Recognition Month

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December 23, 2019
Seeking a Foster Youth to Throw First Pitch at Mariners’ We Are Family Day!

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November 27, 2019
DCYF, WA Courts Celebrate National Adoption Day

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November 19, 2019
2019 Adoption Day Celebrations

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November 12, 2019
Building the case for accepting and supporting LGBTQ+ children and youth in the child welfare and foster parent community

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November 12, 2019
November is Native American Heritage Month

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November 5, 2019
Adoption Training and Support Available

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November 5, 2019
November is National Adoption Month

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October 31, 2019
Halloween Candy: Your Dental Health Survival Guide

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October 8, 2019
Prevent the Flu This Season

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October 8, 2019
DCYF Staff Attend Mockingbird Society Youth Leadership Summit

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September 24, 2019
Everett Office Scores 100 Percent During Recent Case Review

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September 17, 2019
Medical Coverage for Children in Our Care Will Not Be Terminated

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September 20, 2016
Creating Washington's Next Statewide Early Learning Strategic Plan
DCYF is working with communities across the state to gather and summarize existing information, data and experiences to create a statewide early learning needs assessment.


September 17, 2019
Kinship Caregivers, We’re Here For You!

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September 17, 2019
Medical Coverage for Children in Our Care Will Not Be Terminated

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September 10, 2019
Message from Secretary Hunter on Foster Parent Recruitment and Retention

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September 4, 2019
Tumwater Office Hosts Back to School Event for Foster Families

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September 4, 2019
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage

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August 13, 2019
Walla Walla Social Worker Recognized for Work Ethic, Teamwork

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August 13, 2019
Sign Up for Earthquake, Wildfire and Weather Alerts

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August 13, 2019

Tips to Prevent Skin Cancer

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August 13, 2019

Immunizations, Check-Ups and Sports Physicals

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August 1, 2019

Juvenile Rehabilitation, Office of Juvenile Justice and the Child Care Subsidy Program Joins DCYF July 1

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August 1, 2019

Secretary Hunter Attends the 2019 Camp to Belong Washington

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May 2, 2019

Licensing Division is currently conducting a field test regarding licensing forms. If you live in the following areas, please contact your local Licensing Division regional contact to obtain the correct forms:


April 5, 2019
Family First Legislation and the Model Licensing Standards for Foster Family Homes Webinar
Licensing Division held a webinar to provide information on the final national model licensing standards that were released by the Children’s Bureau on February 4, 2019. States were required to submit a formal response by March 31, 2019. LD’s response included information on Washington state’s current licensing standards and whether or not they are consistent with the model licensing standards. Also, the response included information on when LD waives non-safety licensing standards for relative foster family homes, how caseworkers are trained to use the waiver authority, and the process in waiving theses non-safety standards. The Webinar details the national model licensing standards, Washington state’s areas for deviation, and the proposed alignment plan to address the deviations.

View the Webinar | FFPSA Alignment Plan | FFPSA National Model Standards


September 7, 2018
Caregiver Core Training (CCT) is now available online!
DCYF heard your request for more flexible trainings and we responded with the NEW online CCT. Foster care applicants are required to complete CCT prior to becoming licensed and we’ve taken the last several months to take the in-person CCT and convert that to an online training. Kudos to the Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence and the Licensing Division for all of their work on this. This training allows foster parent applicants a flexible training that will move at their own pace. Applicants must complete the whole online training within 12 months of them starting it.

For those that prefer an in-person CCT, we still offer that as well.

Go to the CCT in-person or online training


August 20, 2018
Family First Legislation and the Proposed Foster Home Licensing Standards
You are invited to attend a Webinar on the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) proposed Foster Home Model Licensing Standards. We are holding two Webinars, covering the same material. Read more


July 11, 2018
The Foster Parent FIRST Line now has a new toll free number, 866-393-6186, that became active on 7-9-18.  Foster parents from anywhere in the state can call 866-393-6186 toll free and be directed to the FIRST representative serving their area of the state. Read more


July 5, 2018
As of July 1, 2018 there are NEW WACs for Foster Parents, Group Care Facilities, and Child Placing Agencies and Adoption Services. The title for the WACs changed from “388” to “110” as part of the transition from DSHS to DCYF, but the chapters and sections will remain the same. For example, 388-148-1305 is now 110-148-1305. The WAC changes that went into effect on June 23, 2018 are also included in the new WAC books. View and print the new WAC books

Please note the forms and publications will be changed to the new WAC numbers over the next couple of months, but until those changes are made the old forms will be accepted. Thank you for your patience!


July 2, 2018
Foster Parent Rights and Responsibilities
New legislation in RCW 43.216.015 required the Department of Children, Youth and Families to create and annually update a list of Foster Parent Rights and Responsibilities that became effective July 1, 2018. 

This information will now be handed out at all foster parent orientation trainings, at the time of licensure and renewal, and it will remain posted on the DCYF website. We want to thank the foster parent community, Children’s Administration staff, Tribal partners, child placing agencies, the Assistant Attorney General’s office, and DCYF Leadership in who collaborated to build this document in support of Washington’s foster parents.


March 28, 2018
Public Comment Open for WAC changes Notification of DLR WAC CR-102 Filing
Children’s Administration filed the required documents on March 20, 2018 regarding proposed Washington Administrative Code (WAC) language changes. The proposed changes will affect the Division of Licensed Resources minimum licensing requirements for:

  • WAC 388-148 for Child Foster Homes, and
  • WAC 388-145 for Group Care Facilities, and
  • WAC 388-147 for Child Placing Agencies and Adoption Services.