Caregiver Connection – January 2024

Caregiver Connection – January 2024

(this content has been edited to remove announcements for events that passed before we published it)

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Changes to Caregiver Payments, Child Care Fingerprint Requirements, Residential Facilities in 2024

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The new year brings a handful of changes that will increase supports to families and protect children and youth. Here are some of the changes you will see in 2024:

  • Suspected incidences of child abuse and neglect at behavioral health facilities, residential private schools, and host homes, can now be reported to DCYF.
  • Beginning Jan. 1, 2024, DCYF will replace the current four-level rate assessment system with a new, seven-level caregiversupports model.
  • If you are enrolled in foster care health coverage’s Apple Health Core Connections (AHCC) through Coordinated Care of Washington (CCW), beginning Jan. 1, 2024, you may be impacted by changes in contracted pharmacies.
  • Effective Jan. 1, 2024, Proclamation 20-31.12, which suspended and waived the fingerprint requirement for background checks for child care and early learning providers, will come to an end.Read more at

Subscribe to New Email Resources

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DCYF launched two newsletters, each focused on providing resources and information for families across the state.

Engaging Father Newsletter

The inaugural issue of the Engaging Father Newsletter included stories about fathers who engaged in treatment and ultimately regained custody of their children, a list of resources for fathers, and activities and events for dads and children.

Adoption Support Newsletter

This newsletter (sent in both English and Spanish) is meant to connect adoptive families to the Adoption Support program and provide ongoing information and education about the services and supports available post-adoption.

Sign up for these newsletters today!

Kinship Advocacy Day in Olympia

Advocacy Day is held each year in Olympia during the legislative session, to advocate for continued support for Relative/Kinship Caregivers and the children in their care. This year it was on January 10th.

Questions? Contact Trista Mason at [email protected] or 360-754-7629

Apply Now for your Foster Family Park Pass

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Do you enjoy visiting and camping in Washington state parks for free?

Washington state residents who provide out-of-home care to minor children qualify for the Foster Family Pass.

Starting June 1, 2024, you will need the Foster Family Pass, issued by Washington state parks, to receive the Foster Family discount. Apply now and beat the spring rush!

Applications are available at

If you have questions about the Foster Family Pass and its benefits, call (360) 902-8844 or email [email protected]

Concrete Goods Assistance

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There are a range of concrete goods and services available at DCYF to help unlicensedcaregivers meet the needs of children and youth, eliminate barriers to placement, and maintain overall placement stability (some concrete goods and services are also available to licensed caregivers on a limited basis).

Goods include safety items, baby supplies, school supplies, housing goods/assistance, transportation support, clothing, personal care/hygiene items, and more. Concrete goods and services at DCYF are available for one-time or short-term needs while caseworkers support families, connecting them with long-term assistance.

For ongoing economic need, consider reaching out to your DCYF/Tribal Caseworker, Guardian ad Litem (GAL), or child’s attorney for a referral to Treehouse’s Just-In-Time Funding, Treehouse Store, or Drivers Assistance Program.

Treehouse offers eligible children and youth financial assistance for:
• Extracurricular Activities
• Educational Needs
• Career Support
• School supplies, clothing, shoes, toys and more at the Treehouse Store
• Driving Assistance
• Other items and services like bus passes, hair care, passport/birth certificate

All children/youth in Washington state care are also eligible for Safelink Wireless cell phone assistance via their enrollment in Medicaid (one phone with minutes/data per family). Any family or caseworker can make a referral on behalf of a child/youth regardless of caregiver eligibility.

Contact your caseworker if your family would like to discuss options and eligibility for concrete goods assistance or request additional help in accessing economic assistance.

Caregiver Trainings for the New Year

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