Extended Family Supports

Family First requires that by no later than Oct. 1, 2027, states will need to use an electronic interstate case-processing system for exchanging data and documents to help expedite the interstate placement of children in foster care, adoption, or guardianship.

DCYF’s goal is to connect to the National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise (NEICE) system and make changes to our Comprehensive Child Welfare Information System (CCWIS).

Visit the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) for more information on NEICE.

The Family First Act provides DCYF reimbursement of evidence-based Kinship Navigator programs. These services link relative caregivers to a broad range of services and support to help children safely remain in their care.

DCYF is partnering with the Aging and Long-Term Support Administration (ALTSA) and the University of Washington (UW) to evaluate and further develop Washington State’s current Kinship Navigator program for submission to the Clearinghouse.

The long-term goal of this work is to build program infrastructure and consistency in order to develop a promising practice that will qualify for sustainable federal funding.

Visit the Foster Parenting and Kinship Care site for more information on the Kinship Navigator Program.