We would like to introduce the two different divisions of DCYF that you will be working with as you become licensed, maintain your license, and have foster children placed in your home:
Licensing Division (LD) completes home studies, licenses foster homes, group homes, and child placing agencies.
Child Welfare (CW) works directly with the child, child's family, court and the family caring for the child.
|Please view the ReMoved Video|
Foster parents in Washington State are a diverse group of caring people:
|Please watch, "Why Become a Caregiver?" (video)|
Child welfare case workers work with parents toward reunification, while at the same time, prepare an alternate permanent plan if reunification is not in the best interest of the child.
Relatives are considered first for placement. Relative searches are conducted throughout the child's time in care.
Adoption of children in the custody of DCYF usually occurs with families who already have a relationship with the child.
View WAC 110-148 on the DCYF website - https://www.dcyf.wa.gov/services/foster-parenting/guidelines-laws-rules
WAC 110-148-1425 Child missing from care
Intake phone number: 1-866-END-HARM (363-4276)
Reporting will be covered in greater depth during Caregiver Core Training.
|Please view the Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Video|
Submission of the application DCYF 10-354, and background checks DSHS 09-653 for all your household members age 16 years and older will start the licensing process, but we encourage you to submit a fully completed packet for more efficient and quicker processing.
To access printable forms click the hyperlink. Enter the form number or name.
Target: Complete the home study and licensing process within 120 days of LD receiving the application and background checks.
Home Study includes:
Foster homes must meet all of the licensing requirements WAC 110-148
For more information and resources please visit the Foster Parent Website.
We are here to answer any further questions you may have.
|Region 1||Melissa Fielding||Spokane||Melissa.Fielding@dcyf.wa.gov||509.990.1766|
|Region 2||Maria Rivera||Yakima||Maria.Rivera@dcyf.wa.gov||509.571.3859|
|Region 3||Deanna Hoggard||Bellingham||Deanna.Hoggard@dcyf.wa.gov||360.599.7801|
|Region 4||Jill Sullivan||Kent||Jill.Sullivan@dcyf.wa.gov||253.372.6011|
|Region 5||Codie Veitenheimer||Tacoma||Codie.Veitenheimer@dcyf.wa.gov||253.260.0452|
|Region 6||Joan O'Connell||Tumwater||Joan.Oconnell@dcyf.wa.gov||360.725.6765|
The last step in this orientation is to take a short quiz and see how well you understand the process of becoming a licensed foster parent.