Subject to amounts appropriated for this specific purpose, DCYF must develop and implement a process by which individuals with a founded finding of child abuse or neglect or an individual whose child was found by a court to be dependent under state law, may petition DCYF for a certificate of parental improvement (CPI). DCYF must respond to a CPI request by approving or denying the request within 60 days. A requestor may not request a CPI if less than two years have passed since DCYF's denial of an individual's request for a CPI. court finding is accompanied by a certificate of parental improvement.
DCYF may not issue a CPI to an individual if it has been less than five years since the applicant's last founded finding of child abuse or neglect; or the applicant has any of the outlined convictions.
DCYF must also consider the outlined requirements before issuing a CPI.
An individual who has been denied a CPI by DCYF has a right to review this determination, and be given the reasons for the denial. These reviews must take place within thirty days of a written request.
Agencies that may not deny an individual the opportunity to volunteer are outlined. Public schools may deny individuals with founded findings the opportunity to volunteer.
Note: It is very likely a substitute will be heard, not the bill as it passed out of the Human Services and Early Learning Committee last session.
The following changes are made:
Creates a standard by which certificates must be granted (if, on a more probable than not basis, the requestor has the character, suitability, and competence to care for children);
Prohibits requests for a certificate if not more than two years have passed since the DCYF's denial of a request;
Limits liability for acts or omissions in issuing certificates;
Expands criminal background check authority for the DCYF to include responding to certificate requests;
Prohibits DSHS and DCYF from denying a request for unsupervised access to adults solely based on a founded finding or solely because the individual's child was found by a court to be dependent when that founded finding orr court finding is accompanied by a certificate;
Prohibits providers from automatically denying a request from a prospective volunteer for unsupervised access to vulnerable adults from an individual solely because of a founded finding or solely because the individual's child was found by a court to be dependent when that founded finding or court finding is accompanied by a certificate related to the same incident without conducting review to determine the individual's character, suitability, and competency to volunteer with vulnerable adult
Requires the Secretary to make determinations in response to requests for certificates and requests to review this determination.
- Requires the DCYF to implement a process where an individual who received a founded finding or court finding of abuse or neglect can petition the DCYF for a certificate of parental improvement (CPI).
- Prohibits the DCYF from denying or delaying a foster care or child care license or approval for unsupervised access solely because of a founded finding of abuse or neglect or court finding that the individual's child is dependent based on abuse or neglect if that finding is accompanied by a CPI.
- Prohibits nursing homes and assisted living facilities from automatically denying a prospective volunteer solely based on a founded finding of abuse or neglect or a dependency court finding when that finding is accompanied by a CPI.