Foster Care WAC Amendments

Negotiated Rule Making

Utilizing this Negotiated Rule Making (NRM) approach, the Licensing Division has begun the process of amending the foster care WAC 110-148 as part of the DS Settlement.

NRM is a way to develop rules by seeking consensus from delegates representing groupings made up of similar parties that are impacted by the rule. Utilizing a NRM approach to rule making has several benefits such as:

  • Providing greater public access to rulemaking
  • Creating more culturally and developmentally appropriate rules
  • Better understanding of rule intent 
  • Increased compliance with rules

Listening and Learning Sessions

After reviewing the feedback received from FC NRM Orientations, the WAC Focus spreadsheet, and survey, the FC NMR team has identified twenty-one WAC to discuss during the Listening and Learning Sessions beginning June 2024. These sessions will be an opportunity to hear caregiver, CPA and Stakeholder’s perspective on foster care rules and begin the revision process prior to negotiations beginning October 2024. We will also begin the process of identifying representatives who are interested in participating in the negotiation process.  As a caregiver, you will receive credit for one training hour for every session you attend!

To accommodate your busy schedule, Listening and Learning sessions will be held virtually through Zoom. We are holding two sessions a week, covering the same WAC for each meeting. This will give you an opportunity to attend a session that works for you.  Here are the details and Zoom link for each meeting: 


June 4, 2024: 6 to 7:30 p.m. | Zoom Link 
June 6, 2024: 10 to 11:30 a.m. | Zoom Link 


Watch the June 13, 2024 Recording


Watch the June 20 Recording


Watch the June 27 Recording


July 9, 2024: 6 to 7:30 p.m. | Zoom Link
July 11, 2024: 10 to 11:30 a.m. | Zoom Link


July 16, 2025: 6 to 7:30 p.m. | Zoom Link
July 18, 2024: 10 to 11:30 a.m. | Zoom Link


July 23,2024: 6 to 7:30 p.m. | Zoom Link
July 25, 2024: 10 to 11:30 a.m. | Zoom Link

Ways to Engage 

  • Stay informed on the project through the Foster Care WAC Amendments website 
  • Recommend changes to current WAC through the Foster Care email at: 
  • Provide feedback as negotiated WAC are posted for review on the website beginning July 2024
  • Participate in Listening and Learning sessions in June and July 2024
  • Participate as a representative in the hybrid negotiation in October 2024

  If you have any questions, email

Project Timeline

  • Oct. 1, 2023 – Dec. 31, 2023: Foster Care NRM Preparation 
  • Jan. 1, 2024 – Sept. 30, 2024: Foster Care NRM Development and Hybrid Negotiation
  • Oct. 1, 2024 – March 31, 2025: Foster Care NRM In-Person Negotiations 
  • April 1, 2025 – June 30, 2025: Foster Care NRM WAC Polishing and Filing 
  • July 1, 2025 – June 30, 2026: Foster Care NRM Rule Training and Implementation
  • July 1, 2026: Foster Care WAC compliance 

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