Status Summary

First reading, referred to Human Services & Early Learning on 2.13.19. As of mid-March, the bill is dead. However, it could “come back" during the 2019 session as an amendment on another bill or other mechanisms, or next year (since bills technically stay alive for the full 2019-20 biennium). (updated 4.5.19)

Legislative Session

2019

Status

Died

Sponsor

Corry

This act amends the legislature to include foster parents and/or other caregivers as suitable placements for a dependent child.

Specifically, RCW 13.34.130 is amended to modify subsection (1)(b)(ii) to specify that DCYF has the authority to place the dependent child in the home of another suitable person if the child or family has a preexisting relationship with that person, which includes a foster parent or other caregiver who has cared for a child under 3 years of age for 9 months or more.

Section 2 of HB 2027 also amends RCW 74.13.600 to expand the definition of “kin” to include any foster parent or other caregiver who has cared for a child under 3 years of age for 9 months or more.