Restructuring services to better serve children and families

December 15, 2016

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SEATTLE - Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday outlined plans to restructure how state government serves at-risk families and children and create a new Department of Children, Youth and Families. The plans follow the recommendations of the bipartisan blue ribbon commission convened by the governor earlier this year.

The new agency, after a transition period, would oversee several services now offered through the state Department of Social and Health Services and the Department of Early learning. These include Child Protective Services, the Family Assessment Response program, child welfare case management, in-home support services, adoption support, out-of-home licensing functions and extended foster care for youth up to age 21. 

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Gov. Jay Inslee with early learning students at El Centro de la Raza in Seattle, Wash., Dec. 15, 2106. (Official Governor’s Office Photo)

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