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Dept of Children, Youth, & Families

RCW 43.216

The Department of Children, Youth and Family Services (DCYF) is the lead agency for state-funded services that support children and families to build resilience and health, and to improve educational outcomes. We accomplish this by partnering with state and local agencies, tribes and other organizations in communities across the state of Washington. DCYF was created to ensure that Washington state’s children and youth grow up safe and healthy – thriving physically, emotionally and academically, nurtured by family and community. DCYF is the state’s newest agency. It oversees several services previously offered through the state Department of Social and Health Services and the Department of Early Learning. These include all programs from the Children’s Administration in DSHS such as Child Protective Services’ Investigations and Family Assessment Response, foster care and adoption support. Also included are all Department of Early Learning services, such as the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program for preschoolers, Working Connections Child Care and Home Visiting. Starting in July 2019, DCYF also will administer programs offered by the Juvenile Rehabilitation division and the Office of Juvenile Justice in DSHS. Those programs include juvenile rehabilitation institutions, community facilities and parole services.

Agency Mission

Protect children and strengthen families so they flourish.
Request 3,014,064,000
Net change from current biennium 1,974,333,000 Increase
Percent change from current biennium 189.9% Increase

Operating Budget: Summary

Appropriated Funds

2017-19 Appropriations Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Estimated Balance   2015-17 Actual 2017-19 Estimated 2019-21 Proposed
411,842,000 General Fund - Basic Account - Federal 411,842,000 1,012,189,000
11,706,000 Home Visiting Services Account - Federal 11,706,000 24,700,000
1,477,000 General Fund - Basic Account - Private/Local 1,477,000 7,316,000
540,311,000 General Fund - Basic Account - State 540,311,000 1,809,259,000
1,002,000 1,002,000 Domestic Violence Prevention Acct - State
14,190,000 Education Legacy Trust Account - State 14,190,000 28,336,000
5,489,000 Home Visiting Services Account - State 5,489,000 11,019,000
40,000,000 WA Opportunity Pathways Account - State 40,000,000 80,000,000
14,444,000 Pension Funding Stabilization Acct - State 14,444,000 40,168,000
1,040,461,000 1,002,000 Total Appropriated Funds 1,039,459,000 3,012,987,000

Non-Appropriated Funds

2017-19 Non-Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Balance Non-Apropriated Funds 2015-17 Actual 2017-19 Estimated 2019-21 Proposed
(58,000) Children's Trust Account - Nonappropriated 58,000 297,000
(214,000) Indivi-Based/Portable Background Ch - Nonappropriated 214,000 780,000
(272,000) Total Non-Appropriated Funds 272,000 1,077,000

Capital Budget: Summary

  Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Estimated Balance   Actual Estimated Proposed
State Building Construction Account - State 59,125,000
Total Appropriated Funds 59,125,000

Operating Budget: Program Summary

Program Title Actual Estimated Proposed
Actual Estimated Estimated Proposed Proposed
Annual Total 350,332,577 1,483,600,000 1,530,464,000

Operating Budget: Change from Preceding Biennium

Actual Estimated Proposed
Amount Percent Amount Percent Amount Percent
350,332,577 2,663,731,423 760.3%

Employment Summary

  Actual Estimated Proposed
  2016-17 Actual 2017-18 Estimated 2018-19 Estimated 2019-20 Proposed 2020-21 Proposed
FTE Staff Years 3,128.2 4,553.1 4,644.1