Advocacy

WACF's Legislative Agenda

WACF’s legislative agenda is based on shared priorities from our member organizations. These priorities are carried out by Jill May, our Executive Director and Amber McPhee-Millard, our lobbyist. Your own advocacy is also very important. Please reach out to let us know how you can support these legislative priorities.

A Guide to Legislative sessions

2021 Legislative Session:


Legislative Win!
Child Placing Agencies (CPA) Division

In 2020 CPAs were successful in obtaining a badly-needed stabilizing 7.5% rate increase which the legislature acknowledged was needed but was, unfortunately, vetoed due to the COVID-19 emergency. As a result of more advocacy in 2020 it was included in the 2021-23 budget.

Legislative Win! Family Preservation & Support Services (FPSS) Division

In 2020 the legislature passed a rate increase that improved the rate for travel time to provide prevention services to families that are at risk of entering foster care.  In 2021 this increase was listed as a suggested cut to the governor’s budget due to the pandemic.  We were able to keep the rate increase that went into effect July 1, 2020, which maintained the $2.3 million a year proviso that improved the rate of pay for travel to family homes for the 2021-23 budget. - Prevention Services One-Pager 2021

2020 Legislative Session

Legislative Win! Family Preservation & Support Services (FPSS) Division

In 2020, the legislature provided 1 million dollars to bring the travel time rate up from 75% to the full hourly rate of $65. - WACF Prevention Services Travel Reimbursement

Child Placing Agencies (CPA) Division Agenda
CPA One-Pager Final

2019 Legislative Session


Legislative Win!
Intensive Services (IS) Division 

Provider rates were increased to cover the full cost of care for group care agencies (BRS) and a small increase for BRS foster care.  Behavioral Rehabilitative Services increase for group care was consistent with the results of 2018 BRS Rate Study. - WACF 2019 Intensive Services Advocacy Agenda Update 12-11-18 REV

Legislative Win! Family Preservation & Support Services (FPSS) Division

The legislature passed 2nd Substitute - 2SHB 1645 establishing a Certificate of Parental Improvement for individuals who have a founded finding of abuse or neglect. - WACF CERTIFICATE OF PARENTAL IMPROVEMENT-1-30-19

The Washington Association for Children & Families' 2019 Legislative Agenda
2019 WACF Leg Agenda One Pager 1-4-19 REV

Child Placing Agencies (CPA) Division Agenda
2019 CPA Division Public Policy Agenda Update 1-4-19-REV


2018 Legislative Session


Legislative Win!
Intensive Services (IS) Division

In 2018, the legislature passed a proviso requiring DCYF to conduct a rate study. - Behavioral Rehabilitation Services Rate Study

Legislative Win! Family Preservation & Support Services (FPSS) Division

The legislature passed SB 6309 extending the time period for cases to remain open in FAR to 120 days rather than 90 days. - WACF FAR Extension Summary Final

The WACF 2018 Legislative Agenda

2017 Legislative Session


Legislative Win!
The Family Preservation & Support Services (FPSS) Division

The legislature provided funding to bring the travel rate up from 50% of the vendor rate to 75% of the vendor rate. - WACF 2017 travel rate Final

The WACF Public Policy Agenda - 2017 Legislative Session:

2016 Legislative Session


Legislative Win!
Child Placing Agencies Division

The legislature restored the agency fee rates (8.63%) after reductions in 2009 and 2011 and included a cost of living increase (9.4%). The total annual fiscal request was for $925,000. WACF CPA Rate Restoration One Page Summary

Full Legislative Agenda and Division One-Page Summaries:

2015 Legislative Session

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