WSR 06-10-031

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Children's Administration)

[ Filed April 27, 2006, 4:21 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Amending WAC 388-148-0010, 388-148-0120, adding a new WAC within chapter 388-148 WAC, and other related rules as appropriate.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.08.090, 74.15.030, and chapter 74.13 RCW.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Amending the current rules and adding a new rule brings the WAC in line with policy by requiring foster parents to report within certain timeframes to the department and law enforcement when a child goes missing from their care. This is being done to protect the health and safety of children in the care and custody of the department.

Process for Developing New Rule: Children's administration (CA) will be filing a proposed rule for public comment and public hearing at a later date. To receive future notices about these rules, please contact the person listed below.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Debbie Willis, Policy Program Manager, P.O. Box 45710, Olympia, WA 98504-5710, phone (360) 902-0247, fax (360) 902-7903, e-mail widd300@dshs.wa.gov.

April 26, 2006

Andy Fernando, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office