It is certainly clear by now that trying to correct the CPS system, bill by bill, is not the solution to keeping kids alive and families intact in WA State.
As SB 6416 left the Senate there was language regarding "presumption for placement" that was aimed at reinforcing WA State current law... families come first in dependency placements. There were members of the House committee that didn't like that part... so at my suggestion and to keep the bill alive it was removed.
As this was happening and with the Stuths following this from the back of the room...Rep. Goodman wanted to give "equality" to the foster providers and had the votes to amended the bill to include fosters to have a say in court if they had had the child for 12 months. The Goodman suggestion was language taken straight from the foster lobby. I believe the committee meant to add them but not only them. David Davilar Fox thinks the language may have been written improperly and the outcome is actually different that what was intended. It is currently being researched.
All this was done very quickly and I appreciated the chair's willingness to work to get the bill out of committee. The deadline for getting bills out of the House committee was just an hour from the executive session where the voting took place. Do not worry that there may be some technical difficulties with the way the bill came together. Do not worry about this as Senator Hargrove and Rep. Kagi and several others will adjust details as needed to make sure the wording complies with the intent of the legislature. There is plenty of time.
In reality the legislature can not work fast enough to fix a system such a troubled system as DSHS/CPS. It is too big for the legislature to micro manage. WE NEED LEADERSHIP! This must come from one or more of the statewide elected officials, or the initiative process, or the State Supreme Court.