CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILIES
[Filed April 30, 2020, 8:43 a.m., effective April 30, 2020, 8:43 a.m.]
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately upon filing.
Purpose: Allow youth who wish to enter the extended foster care program to agree to, by methods other than physically signing, voluntary placement and voluntary participation agreements.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 110-90-0110.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.08.090
Under RCW 34.05.350
the agency for good cause finds that immediate adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule is necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety, or general welfare, and that observing the time requirements of notice and opportunity to comment upon adoption of a permanent rule would be contrary to the public interest.
Reasons for this Finding: Governor Jay Inslee issued Proclamation 20-05 declaring a State of Emergency in all counties in the state of Washington as a result of the outbreak of COVID-19. The governor's proclamation directed state agencies to do everything reasonably possible to respond to and recover from the COVID-19 outbreak. As of March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization has classified COVID-19 as a pandemic. Proclamation of the Governor 20-28 amends Proclamation 20-05 and directs state agencies to limit personal contact through social distancing and limit person-to-person contact. The department of children, youth, and families is complying with that directive by eliminating the need for social workers to meet with youth in person for the purpose of obtaining signatures while the state of emergency is in place.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: April 30, 2020.
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 19-14-066, filed 6/28/19, effective 7/29/19)
WAC 110-90-0110How does a youth agree to participate in the extended foster care program?
(1) An eligible dependent youth can agree to participate by:
(a) ((Signing))Agreeing to an extended foster care agreement; or
(b) For developmentally disabled youth, remaining in the foster care placement and continuing in an appropriate educational program.
(2) An eligible nondependent youth who did not elect to participate in the program on their eighteenth birthday can agree to participate by:
(a) ((Signing))Agreeing to a voluntary placement agreement (VPA) before reaching age twenty-one; or
(b) Establishing a nonminor dependency before reaching age twenty-one if the department denied entry into the program.
(3) An eligible nonminor dependent youth requesting to reenter the program may agree to participate by signing a VPA prior to reaching age twenty-one.
(4) In order to continue receiving extended foster care services after entering into a VPA with the department, the youth must agree to the entry of an order of dependency within one hundred eighty days of the date that the youth is placed in foster care pursuant to a VPA.