PDFWAC 110-148-1540

What privacy must I provide for children in my care?

(1) You must assure the right to privacy of personal mail, electronic mail, and phone calls unless:
(a) We ask you to provide monitoring; or
(b) The court approves implementation of the monitoring as part of the child's case plan.
(2) DCYF prohibits the use of video and audio monitoring of children in care in the interior of foster homes unless all of the following are met:
(a) The LD senior administrator grants approval for the use of an electronic monitoring device in your facility following a request by the child's DCYF caseworker;
(b) The court approves implementation of the monitoring as part of the child's case plan; and
(c) You maintain a copy of the approval.
(3) The prohibition of audio or visual monitoring does not include monitoring of the following:
(a) Infants or children through four years of age;
(b) Medically fragile or sick children;
(c) Video recording equipment to document actions of a child as directed in writing by the child's physician;
(d) Video recording for special events such as birthday parties or vacations; or
(e) The use of door or window alarms or motion detectors.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.15.030. WSR 22-11-091, § 110-148-1540, filed 5/18/22, effective 6/18/22. WSR 18-14-078, recodified as § 110-148-1540, filed 6/29/18, effective 7/1/18. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.15.010, 74.15.030, 74.15.040, 74.15.090, 74.13.031, and P.L. 113-183. WSR 16-17-101, § 388-148-1540, filed 8/19/16, effective 9/19/16. Statutory Authority: Chapters 13.34 and 74.13 RCW, RCW 74.15.030(2), 74.15.311(2), 74.13.032, 13.04.011, 74.13.020, 13.34.030, 74.13.031, 13.34.145, 74.15.311, 74.15.030, and 2013 c 105. WSR 15-01-069, § 388-148-1540, filed 12/11/14, effective 1/11/15.]