Foster Parenting & Kinship Care

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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


11th Annual 'We Are Family Day' 

The Seattle Mariners and the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) present the 11th Annual 'We Are Family Day', which celebrates foster, kinship and adoptive families, and the people who support them.

When: Sunday, May 19 | 1:10 p.m.

Where: T-Mobile Arena

Prices: $14 view level, $31 main level tickets

Deadline to purchase tickets: Friday, May 17 at 5 p.m. 

Visit  and use promo code WEAREFAMILY