A Message from DCYF Secretary Ross Hunter

DCYF Secretary Ross Hunter

April 7, 2020 Issue

Upcoming Events 

In response to COVID-19, DCYF is adjusting planned events as needed, and providing specific webinar updates throughout the month to all sectors of the agency.

For more information, please contact DCYF Community Engagement.

Recent News

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

COVID-19 Guidance for Child Care

COVID-19 Impacts on Child Welfare

COVID-19 Impacts on Juvenile Rehabilitation

Tip Sheets for Virtual Visitation


Foster Parents



Message From Leadership

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COVID-19 Agency Response Update

The Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) has been working tirelessly to navigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and innovating new ways to safely support the young people in our care as well as agency partners.

As an agency we’ve made policy changes to reduce risk to staff, families and children, which I discuss in more detail in this video. Topics include updates and new protocols in place at Juvenile Rehabilitation facilities, in Child Welfare, Early Learning and Child Care.  

We have posted additional information related to DCFY’s COVID-19 response on our website, which is updated weekly. You can also submit questions to our COVID-19 inbox at dcyf.covid-19@dcyf.wa.gov.

Read video transcript here.

CAP Month Pinwheels

DCYF Announces “Everyone Can Make Great Childhoods Happen — Especially You, Especially Now!” This April During Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF), the Prevent Child Abuse Washington State chapter, reinforces the role that each person plays in ensuring that children, families and entire communities thrive by participating in the month-long nationwide awareness and impact campaign: “Everyone Can Make Great Childhoods Happen — Especially You, Especially Now!”

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed April to be the first National Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAP Month), a tradition that continues to this day.

April is a time to help people across the country understand that safe, stable and nurturing relationships and environments are necessary to ensure that children grow up happy and healthy. Families face a lot of uncertainty in the face of the state’s response to the coronavirus. We know that in the face of crisis, stress adds more pressures to families.

Read the full article here

Child Care

DCYF Coordinates Efforts With Child Care Aware

With the school system shutdown, the need for child care presents complex challenges. Child care providers are not included in the school closure requirement because these settings are often much smaller in numbers than in K-12 settings and can more easily follow the “groups of 10 people or fewer” guidance.

We all need essential services like groceries, medicine and medical care – for that reason, we’ve asked child care providers to remain open and to prioritize children of essential workers. 

To that end, DCYF is coordinating with Child Care Aware to match available capacity with emergency workers who need child care. 

You can find more information on this effort, expanded services and contact information here