Partners for Our Children

This act amends the additional factors that shall be considered in a shelter care hearing by amending RCW 13.34.065 subsection (7)(a). Specifically, the legislature intends to facilitate the timely resolution of dependency cases, minimize further potential harm to families, and ensure that the child’s best interests are a priority by practicing early identification of barriers.

Therefore, a child may not be placed in shelter care for longer than 30 days without an order signed by the court after considering:

Other orders by court.

Furthermore, this act specifies that a shelter care order issued may be amended at any time with notice and hearing thereon.