Legislative Update – Supporting Foster Kids and Children’s Rights


March 4, 2008



This is it.  These bills have passed in the House, passed in the Senate policy committee, and passed in the Senate Ways & Means.  They are now in Rules waiting for a senator to “Pull” them to the Senate floor for a vote.


The last day is FRIDAY.  If they don’t get voted on by the whole Senate by Friday, it’s all over.   Contact your senators and ask them to bring these bills to a vote, especially if you are a constituent of a senator in the Rules Committee.


ACTION ITEMSAsk your senator in Rules to “Pull” these bills to the Senate Floor:


Contact Rules Committee Members:


Rosa Franklin - Vice Chair (D)


District 29

(360) 786-7656

Mike Hewitt - Ranking Minority Member (R)


District 16

(360) 786-7630

Lisa Brown (D)


District 3

(360) 786-7604

Tracey Eide (D)


District 30

(360) 786-7658

Karen Fraser (D)


District 22

(360) 786-7642

Mary Margaret Haugen (D)


District 10

(360) 786-7618

Karen Keiser (D)


District 33

(360) 786-7664

Adam Kline (D)


District 37

(360) 786-7688

Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D)


District 36

(360) 786-7670

Rosemary McAuliffe (D)


District 1

(360) 786-7600

Ed Murray (D)


District 43

(360) 786-7628

Linda Evans Parlette (R)


District 12

(360) 786-7622

Cheryl Pflug (R)


District 5

(360) 786-7608

Debbie Regala (D)


District 27

(360) 786-7652

Mark Schoesler (R)


District 9

(360) 786-7620

Harriet Spanel (D)


District 40

(360) 786-7678

Val Stevens (R)


District 39

(360) 786-7676

Joseph Zarelli (R)


District 18

(360) 786-7634




















There is no time to waste.  Call or e-mail your representatives now to support foster kids.


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Even if you don’t know your district, the operators will find it for you.

When they ask to which representative, say “All of them!”




HB 3205 Promoting the long-term well-being of children

Status: Passed HSC, needs a hearing in Senate Ways and Means




This bill requires the department to file a termination of parental rights petition if a child has been in out-of-home care for 15 of the last 22 months.  The Attorney General’s office has filed a $1.5 million fiscal note to this bill, which is interesting – this means the AG is saying this bill will cost them more money to follow what has already been federal law for nine years under the Adoption Safe Families Act (ASFA) ’97. 


Senate Ways & Means amended 3205 to remove the provision that allows voluntary out-of-home placement agreements for adopted foster children in crisis.  Voluntary placements is now a battle for next year, but the remainder, which is actually the original bill, is still critical and worth fighting for now.





HB 2822 – Concerning the family and juvenile court improvement program.

Status: Passed HSC, needs a hearing in Senate Ways and Means




HB 2822 encourages reform of the family courts by creating a fund that is available to courts that:





HB 2679 – Improve educational outcomes for students in foster care

Status: Passed HSC, needs a hearing in Senate Ways and Means




Directs the school districts to report to the legislature on the educational progress of foster children, and gives schools grant money to create programs to improve their educational outcomes. Grant money may be used for tutoring, counseling, extracurricular activities, school pictures, and yearbooks.  Moms and Dads usually pay for this stuff – but if you don’t have a mom or a dad, you just have to watch other kids get cool things.  This bill helps kids in foster care have a normal childhood.



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