Year

2015

Agency

Governor

$5.359m GFS; $1.600 GFF; $6.959 Total

House

$8.573m GFS; $8.748m Total

Senate

$4.106m GFS; $5.060m Total

Governor: Funds are provided for an additional 57.2 FTE staff to meet the requirements in the 2011 Braam v. State of Washington Revised Settlement and Exit Agreement. Additional staff will reduce the worker to family caseload ratio to allow the department to meet the following goals: completion of monthly health and safety visits; ensure visitations between siblings in different out-of-home care placements; provide new caregivers with critical child information within 24-72 hours; and reduce repeat runaways from foster care.

House: Funding is provided to phase in 57 FTEs to serve children and youth in foster care. The additional staff are intended to reduce foster care social worker caseload ratios and to support compliance with the Braam Settlement. Remaining outcomes under the Braam settlement include completing monthly health and safety visits and twice-monthly sibling visits, providing caregivers with information, and reducing runaways from foster care.

Senate: Funds are provided for an additional 30 FTE staff to meet the requirements in the 2011 Braam v. State of Washington Revised Settlement and Exit Agreement. Additional staff will allow the department to meet the following goals: completion of monthly health and safety visits; ensure visitations between siblings in different out-of-home care placements; provide new caregivers with critical child information within 24-72 hours; and reduce repeat runaways from foster care.