Eligible relatives appointed as guardians — Receipt and expenditure of federal funds — Implementation of subsidy program — Department to adopt rules — Relative guardianship subsidy agreements.
(1) The department shall adopt rules consistent with federal regulations for the receipt and expenditure of federal funds and implement a subsidy program for eligible relatives appointed by the court as a guardian under RCW 13.36.050.
(2) For the purpose of licensing a relative seeking to be appointed as a guardian and eligible for a guardianship subsidy under this section, the department shall, on a case-by-case basis, and when determined to be in the best interests of the child:
(a) Waive nonsafety licensing standards; and
(b) Apply the list of disqualifying crimes in the adoption and safe families act, rather than the secretary's list of disqualifying crimes, unless doing so would compromise the child's safety, or would adversely affect the state's ability to continue to obtain federal funding for child welfare related functions.
(3) Relative guardianship subsidy agreements shall be designed to promote long-term permanency for the child, and may include provisions for periodic review of the subsidy amount and the needs of the child.
[2010 c 272 § 12.]