What are the department's placement priorities?

Within the limits of available financial resources, the department provides placement services to children according to the following ordered priorities:
(1) The department must place children who urgently need protection from child abuse or neglect (CA/N) if the department has legal authority for placement consistent with WAC 388-25-0025.
(2) The department may place children whose mental, emotional, behavioral or physical needs present a risk to their safety and resources do not exist within the family to provide for those needs.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.13.031. WSR 01-08-047, ยง 388-25-0015, filed 3/30/01, effective 4/30/01.]
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