Decoding Agency Names

Children’s Administration (CA) staff identify needs and develop a plan to support families and children. CA services are designed to reduce the risk of abuse, find safe alternatives to out-of-home placements, and ensure the well-being of children in care.
Child Family Welfare Services (CFWS) prevents or remedies problems that may result in child neglect, abuse, exploitation or criminal behavior; assists children who are in conflict with their parents, or parents who are experiencing conflict with their children; protects and cares for dependent, abused or neglected children; and provides care for children living in foster family homes, day care or other child care facilities.
Child Protective Services (CPS) investigates reports of alleged child abuse or neglect; makes referrals to services that help improve conditions that endanger the health, safety and welfare of children; and places children in out-of-home placements, when necessary, to ensure safety.
Washington State Department of Social & Health Services (DSHS) oversees Children’s Administration and other programs and services focused on children, families, vulnerable adults and senior citizens.
Division of Licensing Resources (DLR) conducts interviews and assessments of alleged child abuse and neglect in licensed care facilities. DLR employees also review foster home license applications and supporting documentation, interview foster home applicants, and inspect the home and property before a license is issued.
Family Assessment Response (FAR) provides an alternative response to investigating child maltreatment reports when the risk is low to moderate and investigative intervention is not required. FAR social workers help connect families with appropriate services, support and community resources.
Family Reconciliation Services (FRS) offers voluntary services for parents who are having problems with at-risk adolescent children. FRS employees will provide a court process if there are serious conflicts at home, and will assist families and youths with obtaining treatment, protection and other critical services.
Family Team Decision-Making Meetings (FTDM) use facilitators who follow a family-centered practice. FTDM facilitators help families make critical decisions, such as removing children from the home, changing out-of-home placements, or placing children in permanent foster homes.
Family Voluntary Services (FVS) provides services to families who voluntarily agree to reduce current and future abuse or neglect without court intervention. Services are short-term and focus on improving parenting skills and increasing child safety.
Indian Child Welfare (ICW) Units provide services to tribal families.