A statewide advisory committee has been formed to make recommendations to the Children’s Administration about Washington State’s Title IV-E waiver application for a federal demonstration project, according to the Washington State Department of Social & Health Services (DSHS) website.

The advisory committee is co-chaired by Representative Ruth Kagi (D)  32nd Leg. Dist,  and Denise Revels Robinson, the Assistant Secretary of the DSHS Children’s Administration.

Advisory committee members include Tribal governments, the state legislature, the Governor’s Office, the Washington Federation of State Employees, Washington Courts, foster parents, child welfare advocates, child placing agencies and other child welfare stakeholders.

The Title IV-E program is funded with a combination of federal and state/local matching funds to support Title IV-E eligible children in licensed out-of-home foster care, adoption support, and for administrative functions such as caseworkers’ salaries and benefits, information systems, and training.

Under the current child welfare funding structure, the funds are only available for a subset of children in out-of-home care, namely those who meet the Title IV-E eligibility criteria. Further, the uses of Title IV-E funds are restricted.

All Advisory Committee meetings will include a component for public input.

In addition to co-chairs Rep. Kagi and Assistant Secretary Robinson, advisory Committee Members include:

  • – Senator Jim Hargrove
  • – Senator Val Stevens
  • – Representative Maureen Walsh
  • – Ben de Haan, Partners for Our Children
  • – Brenda Lopez Kauffman, Veteran Parent
  • – Casey Trupin, Columbia Legal Services
  • – Elizabeth Griffin Hall, Foster Parent
  • – Sheila Huber, Attorney General’s Office
  • – Janet Skreen, Administrative Office of the Courts
  • – Jeanine Livingston, Washington Federation of State Employees
  • – Jim Theofelis, Mockingbird Society
  • – Foster Youth, Deonate Cruz
  • – Maureen McGrath, Catholic Charities
  • – Joanne Moore, Office of Public Defense
  • – Justice Bobbe Bridge, Foster Care Commission
  • – Kollin Min, Gates Foundation
  • – Mary Stone Smith, Catholic Community Services
  • – Mary Meinig, Office of the Family and Children’s Ombudsman
  • – Michael Mirra, Tacoma Housing
  • – Nancy Dufraine, Tribal Representative, Chehalis Tribe
  • – Rebecca Peck, Tribal Representative, Samish Tribe
  • – Roberta Nestaas, Lutheran Community Services
  • – Ron Murphy, Casey Family
  • – Sharon Osborne, Children’s Home Society
  • – Andi Smith, Governor’s Policy Office

Facilitator: Valisa Smith