Under what circumstances may a parent sign a consent for voluntary placement of a child in foster care with the department?

(1) If alternative placement resources, including social supports in the family home, have been considered and eliminated; and
(2) The department agrees that the child needs to be placed; then
(3) A child's parent may sign a consent for voluntary placement of a child in foster care (if the child is Native American refer to the Indian Child Welfare Act):
(a) If the child and a parent cannot agree to the child's return home but do agree to the child's placement out of the home; or
(b) When a parent is unable to care for a child.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.13.031. WSR 01-08-047, ยง 388-25-0045, filed 3/30/01, effective 4/30/01.]
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