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PDFWAC 110-148-1320

When will the department grant me a foster family license?

(1) We issue you a license when you and everyone in your household meet the licensing requirements contained in this chapter, and all required documents are in the licensing file.
(2) You and other caregivers over the age of eighteen must:
(a) Complete first aid training and age-appropriate (adult or infant) CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). Training must be department approved and accredited with nationally recognized standards; and
(b) Complete HIV/AIDS and bloodborne pathogens training including infection control standards consistent with educational materials published by the department of health, office on HIV/AIDS.
(3) You, your household members, individuals living on any part of your property, and anyone else having unsupervised contact with your foster children must pass a background check, as required by chapter 110-04 WAC:
(a) Anyone sixteen years old or older must pass a background check;
(b) Anyone younger than sixteen years old must pass a background check if the department determines one is warranted to ensure the safety of a child;
(c) Anyone eighteen years old or older must pass an FBI fingerprint-based background check; and
(d) Anyone eighteen years old or older must complete a child abuse and neglect registry check from each state they have lived in over the past five years indicating:
(i) No license denials or revocations from an agency that regulates the care of children or vulnerable adults, unless the department determines that you do not pose a risk to a child's health, safety, well-being and long-term stability; and
(ii) No finding or substantiation of abuse or neglect of a child or a vulnerable adult, unless the department determines that you do not pose a risk to a child's safety, well-being, and long-term stability.
(4) You and your household members over the age of eighteen must submit a negative tuberculosis test or an X-ray, unless you can demonstrate a medical reason prohibiting the TB test, or have had a negative TB test within the twelve months prior to receipt of the application. If there is a positive TB test, then the individual must submit a physician's statement identifying that there is no active TB or risk of contagion to children in care.
(5) You must have proof of current immunizations for any children living in the household, not including children in out-of-home care. We may grant a medical exception to this requirement if the immunization is contrary to the child's health as documented by a licensed health care provider.
(6) You and all household members must have pertussis and influenza immunizations to serve foster children who are:
(a) Under the age of two; or
(b) Medically fragile as defined in WAC 110-148-1305.
(c) A medical exception may be granted if the immunization is contrary to your or the household member's health as documented by a licensed health care provider.
(7) Before granting or renewing a license, your licensor will assess your ability to provide a safe home and to provide the quality of care needed by children placed in your home. Your licensor will also determine that you meet training requirements.
(8) Foster children under the care and authority of the department living in your home do not need to obtain a criminal history check, FBI fingerprint check, or TB test.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.15.030, chapter 74.15 RCW, P.L. 115-123 and 42 U.S.C. § 671 (a)(36)(A). WSR 20-03-095, § 110-148-1320, filed 1/13/20, effective 2/1/20. WSR 18-14-078, recodified as § 110-148-1320, filed 6/29/18, effective 7/1/18. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.15.010, 74.15.030, 74.15.040, 74.15.090, 74.13.031, 74.39A.056, 43.43.832, and 2017 c 20 § 4. WSR 18-05-037, § 388-148-1320, filed 2/13/18, effective 3/16/18. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.15.010, 74.15.030, 74.15.040, 74.15.090, and 74.13.031. WSR 16-01-121, § 388-148-1320, filed 12/18/15, effective 1/18/16. Statutory Authority: Chapters 13.34 and 74.13 RCW, RCW 74.15.030(2), 74.15.311(2), 74.13.032, 13.04.011, 74.13.020, 13.34.030, 74.13.031, 13.34.145, 74.15.311, 74.15.030, and 2013 c 105. WSR 15-01-069, § 388-148-1320, filed 12/11/14, effective 1/11/15.]
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