Over-Payment Issue Update 9-24-15

For those that are not aware, many foster parents have been receiving over-payment notices that they didn't neccesarily owe, dating back to 6 years ago, and some for thousands of dollars. This has caused a huge stir in the foster care world. Shala Crow of Fostering Together brought this to the latest 1624 meeting as an issue. A few weeks later Beth and I met with Jennifer to follow up and Jennifer has taken action. Here is a note from Jenenifer Strus.

New Rate Schedule



Thank you Meri Waterhouse for sending out this information

WAC revisions to Time Frames for review of CPS findings

“The permanent rules for WAC 388-15-085 and WAC 388-15-093 have been filed with the Office of the Code Reviser and became effective on 9/21/2013.  Attached is the filing and the text of the final rules.  These rules were revised to be consistent with current RCW related to the time frame an alleged perpetrator of child abuse and/or neglect has to request CPS review a founded CPS finding (from 20 days to 30 days) and the time frame by which the review must be completed (from 60 days to 30 days).  


This accumulation of research helps to illustrate that foster students are one of the most at-risk groups for poor school outcomes. Prior abuse or neglect, abandonment, and death or incarceration of a parent can impact the social, behavioral and educational trajectory of youth in foster care. While there have been a number of efforts at both the state and federal levels to improve the prospects of foster students,1 there is still a need for consistent benchmarks and common definitions to monitor progress and track education outcomes for this population.

Clarity: Foster Children receiving Medicaid-funded personal care services paid for by DSHS


Clarity: Foster Children receiving Medicaid-funded personal care services paid for by DSHS. Thank you Mary MacGauhey for your research.

Foster kids can use the ER anytime they need

Foster parents and relatives caring for children who have an open case with Children’s Administration were sent a letter on August 30, 2011 from the Health Care Authority of Washington. This letter was sent to all 680,000 households in the state who receive Medicaid which includes caregivers of children placed by the department. 

Foster Parents at the Table CAFPT

Formally known as 1624 Consultaion Team, the now titled Children's Administration Foster Parent Team, CAFPT is held elections Statewide. New folks have taken their seat at the table and FPAWS wants to wish them all the best. FPAWS thanks those that stood up when called upon. We talk about being the voice of foster, adoptive and kinship parents, and that voice is stroner then ever! For information, meeting notes and more, go to http://www.dshs.wa.gov/ca/fosterparents/meetMin.asp

Foster Care Rate Assessment FORM

Click here to see the Foster Care Rate Assessment tool that is used by DSHS rate assessors to determine the level of reimbursement due to foster homes.  Below are some tips regarding rate assessments...

Social Networking and Foster care

 Headquarters and DLR has provided some guidance for the field to use in helping foster parents and other caregivers on the usage of facebook and posting of pictures:


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