Washington State is in the process of implementing new child welfare policies based on legislation
passed in the last few years. Policies include the use of Performance-Based Contracting, employing
a Family Assessment Response process with families as an alternative to a Child Protective
Services investigation, and the increased use of evidence-based programs. Efforts to reduce child
maltreatment will have a better chance for long-term success if interventions address the full
range of primary factors associated with child maltreatment.
Read more about the primary factors associated with child maltreatment.