DCYF oversight committee annual report for 2021

DCYF oversight committee annual report for 2021

The DCYF oversight committee meetings are open to the public on Zoom, and accepts topics for the meeting agenda through this public survey (also linked from the homepage) https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PYBJ696. Past meetings are recorded for public viewing at https://dcyfoversight.wa.gov/video-archive

The next committee meeting is on March 17/2022 from 10:00am to 1:00pm

Each year they release a report on how well DCYF is doing against 18 measures. In 2021;

The report concludes DCYF is achieving improved outcomes for:

  • Increasing the number of proportion of children kindergarten-ready
  • Increasing the proportion of children in quality early learning programs
  • Reducing the number of children entering out-of-home care
  • Reducing the length of stay for children in out-of-home care
  • Increasing family reunifications, and
  • Increasing high school graduation rates for youth in the child welfare and juvenile rehabilitation systems

The report also concludes DCYF’s practice and operations need improvement on:

  • Eliminating racial and ethnic disproportionality and disparities in system involvement across child and youth outcomes
  • Increasing the available supply of licensed child care
  • Licensing more foster homes than there are children in out-of-home care
  • Increasing the stability of placement for children in out-of-home care
  • Developing strategies to demonstrate to foster families that their service and involvement are highly valued by the agency
  • Improving adolescent outcomes, and
  • Eliminating the discharge of youth from institutional settings into homeless

Areas of concern for DCYF’s practice include:

  •  Reducing maltreatment of youth while in out-of-home care, and
  •  Reducing the number of children re-entering out-of-home care

Read the full report: https://dcyfoversight.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2021-12/DCYF%20Oversight%20Board%202021%20Annual%20Report%20-%20Final%20Dec%202021_0.pdf#page35

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