Status Summary

First reading, referred to Human Services & Early Learning
on 2.13.19.

As of mid-March, the bill is dead. However, it could “come back" during the 2019 session as an amendment on another bill or other mechanisms, or next year (since bills technically stay alive for the full 2019-20 biennium).

(updated 1.10.20)

Legislative Session



In Progress



HB 2026 creates a new section in RCW chapter 74.13 regarding relatives of a child placed in out-of-home care. “Relatives” are defined as those established in RCW 74.15.020(2)(a)(i)-(vi).

The legislature requires DCYF to:

  • Conduct an extensive search for relatives of a child beginning at the time a child is placed in out-of-home care;
  • Make every effort to identify all possible relative placement options no later than 6 months after the child’s placement in out-of-home care;
    • This will be considered ongoing relative search efforts, after 6 months, DCYF shall no longer make efforts.
  • Make every effort to place a child in an identified relative placement no later than 1 year after a child’s placement in out-of-home care.

Furthermore, this act determines that if an identified relative placement is not able to be a placement resource after 1 year of a child’s placement in out-of-home care, but may be able to be a placement resource in the future, a transition plan must be established between the child and the potential relative placement. This plan will include:

  • A visitation plan between the child and the potential relative placement provider; and
  • A timeline for possible placement to be created by DCYF.