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 1.10.20)

Legislative Session



In Progress



HB 2028 amends RCW 13.34.145 in regard to permanency hearings for dependent children. Particularly, subsection (10) is amended to include that prior to the second permanency planning hearing for the child, DCYF must contract with a mental health professional in order to conduct a bonding and best interest assessment.

A “bonding and best interest assessment” is defined as one that assesses the child’s behavior and interactions with a current placement provider and any proposed placement provider in order to determine the possible effects on the child if there is a change in the child’s placement.