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The child protection system

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This section of WashingtonLawhelp.org has information and resources about the child protection system in Washington state.

  • Child Protective Services (CPS) and Dependency Actions

    3120EN - Read this if you are involved with Child Protective Services, but there is no court case or if the State of Washington (through DSHS, CPS, the Prosecutor, or the Attorney General’s Office) has filed a court case to take your child from you. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
    Russian / Pусский
  • CPS Investigations and Findings

    2950EN - CPS findings of abuse or neglect can keep you from working or volunteering with children, developmentally delayed adults, or the elderly for the rest of your life. This publication gives you information about your rights and responsibilities when CPS makes a finding against you. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
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    Spanish / Español
  • Home alone: When can you safely leave children by themselves?

    There is no federal or Washington state law regarding the age when children may stay home alone or baby-sit. Parents need to take into consideration the skills and maturity of the child. Some children mature sooner than other children.   Read More

    By:
    DSHS
  • Indian Child Welfare Act

    9201EN - The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) is a federal law that creates strict standards for state courts to follow in Indian child custody proceedings. The ICWA declares "the policy of this Nation is to protect the best interests of Indian children and to promote the stability and security of Indian tribes and families." Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Know Your Rights When CPS Comes Knocking

    The intent of this guide is to help domestic violence survivors understand what their rights are in the initial stages of a Child Protective Services (CPS) investigation, and to know what Washington’s policy is regarding domestic violence and CPS, especially in the early stages of a case, when things are moving fast and may feel scary and confusing. Read More

    By:
    Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Your Rights Dealing with DSHS

    This publication lists services available by DSHS and your rights when dealing with this state agency. #7900EN. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
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    Spanish / Español
    Russian / Pусский
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