Introduction to Child Welfare Law in Washington . Tim Jaasko-Fisher Director, Court Improvement Training Academy University of Washington School of Law Children and Youth Advocacy Clinic. Most Referrals do not Become Dependency Cases. Total Referrals . Screened out .
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- Alternative Response Systems
- Voluntary Services/Placement
In 2004, less than 10% of referrals resulted in out-of-home dependency placements.
Family unit is a fundamental resource
Family unit should remain intact unless child's right to conditions of basic nurture, health, or safety is jeopardized
When child’s right to safety and the legal rights of the parents conflict, child’s rights prevail
Child’s health and safety shall be the paramount concern
Rights of child include speedy resolution of court proceedings
Is one who –
A) Has been abandoned
B) Has been abused or neglected
C) Has no capable parent or guardian
relative is available
In 2004, less than 1% of dependency petitions were dismissed without a finding of dependency.
Subject to court’s approval following finding that parent knowingly and voluntarily entered into the agreement and understands its consequences.
Reasonable efforts have been made to prevent removal from the home and either
a review and will review
the permanent plan