RICHLAND, Wash. - Better futures for foster children is the goal for state legislators.
In 2009, the state passed a bill that will convert over 1,600 child welfare contracts with private organizations into performance based agreements. They hope this will give children and families in the system better care with more options and resources. Division Director of Child Welfare for Catholic Charities says each region will have their own lead contractor and so far only two of the 6 interested that have shown interest are local non-profits. "It's one thing that's really drawn a lot of interest and a lot of creative thinking and innovation. We've drawn providers together to share more about what the voice of the community desires and what they want to see done differently," said Maureen McGrath, Division Director of Child Welfare.
McGrath says one of the bigger problems in our area is the lack of resources to people in rural and remote communities. The new law will convert contracts effective July 1st, 2011.