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Children's Administration - Dept of Social and Health Services

RCW 13.32A, .34, 26, .33, .34, .44, .50, 70.123, 74.13, .14A, .14B, .14C, .15

The Children’s Administration (CA) is the public child welfare agency for the state of Washington. CA staff work with children and their families to identify their needs and develop a plan for services that support families and ensure the safety and well being of their children. These services are designed to reduce the risk of abuse, find safe alternatives to out of home placement, and ensure safety and permanency for children in out of home care. CA’s core services focus on the following: Child Protective Services (CPS)—an investigation of allegations of abuse or neglect that must be conducted within a certain period of time; Family Assessment Response—a differential CPS response to low and moderate allegations of child abuse or neglect that is a voluntary option for families who qualify; Child and Family Welfare Services—working with the families and children in out of home care to reunify them or to find other permanent options for the children; and Licensed Resources—licensing foster homes, completing home studies for relatives, and investigating alleged violations of licensing standards as well as allegations of abuse or neglect by licensed providers. The Governor proposes combining the Department of Social and Health Services Children’s Administration program and the Department of Early Learning into the Department of Child, Youth, and Family Services effective July 1, 2018.

Agency Mission

To transform lives by protecting children and promoting healthier families through strong practice and strong partnerships with the community and tribes.
Net change from current biennium (624,747,055) Decrease
Percent change from current biennium

Program Level Summary

Fund Title Actual Estimated Proposed
Actual Estimated Estimated Proposed Proposed
General Fund - Federal 262,733,138 268,153,607
General Fund - Private/Local 847,775 240,197
General Fund - State 343,539,195 344,866,733 1,366,476
Domestic Violence Prevention Account - State 1,237,177 988,042
Pension Funding Stabilization Account - State 9,132,000
Information Technology Investment Revolving Account - Nonappropriated 314,241
Annual Total 608,671,527 623,380,579 1,366,476

Operating Budget: Change from Preceding Biennium

Actual Estimated Proposed
Amount Percent Amount Percent Amount Percent
103,901,959 9.7% (546,999,614) (46.7%) (624,747,055) (100.0%)

Employment Summary

  Actual Estimated Proposed
  2016-17 Actual 2017-18 Estimated 2018-19 Estimated 2019-20 Proposed 2020-21 Proposed
FTE Staff Years 2,669.1 2,724.7 9.9