Prudent Parenting emergency WAC changes

The “Prudent Parenting” bill (ESSB 6479) was passed during the 2014 legislative session and signed into law by Governor Inslee in March. The law becomes effective today, June 12, 2014. This bill gives caregivers the authority to give permission for children and youth in their care to participate in extracurricular, enrichment and social activities without the prior approval of the CA worker.

The Division of Licensed Resources has made emergency changes to the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) to ensure compliance with this law. Please read the attached memo from Darcey Hancock, DLR Administrator regarding the WAC changes.

Thank you

Meri Waterhouse

Caregiver Recruitment, Retention & Support Program Manager

Dept. of Social and Health Services

Children’s Administration

1115 Washington Street S.E.

PO Box 45710

Olympia, WA 98504-5710



Are you ready to make a difference in the life of a child in your home community? All over Washington foster parents are needed to love, coach, mentor, wipe tears, celebrate, support and encourage children and youth who must live out of their home due to abuse and neglect. Could you, your family or friends make a difference in the life of a child? Maybe you could even deal with some teenage drama! Are you ready to learn more about becoming a foster family? Washington’s foster parent recruitment phone line: 1-888-KIDS-414, provides information and can answer your questions – take a minute to call, because you don’t know what you’re missing! Information is also available at our website:

You know you can do it . . . take the first step in becoming a foster parent!

Prudent Parenting emergency WAC changes.docx

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