News Archive

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.