Washington

 
 

From the Caregiver Guidelines for Foster Childhood Activities 

  • Caregiver acts as the “parent/guardian” for the purposes of the Intermediate Driver’s License Law.
  • Caregiver must provide and pay for insurance for the child driving and agree to maintain and pay for insurance until child reaches 18 or until another responsible adult assumes financial liability risks for the child. 

Driver’s education classes > Driver’s training > Driver’s test > Issuance of a personal driver’s license

  • CA worker must complete and submit the Request for Washington State Instruction Permit or Personal Driver License (DSHS 02-363) form to DOL before a youth can obtain the permit or license.
  • Youth must have an Identicard form (DSHS 16-029) on file with DOL prior to seeking a driver’s permit or license. (This can be submitted with DSHS 02-363.)

Liability Insurance for Foster Parents

Wash. Rev. Code Ann. §74.14B.080

1) Subject to subsection (2) of this section, the secretary of social and health services shall provide liability insurance to foster parents licensed under chapter 74.15 RCW. The coverage shall be for personal injury and property damage caused by foster parents or foster children that occurred while the children were in foster care. Such insurance shall cover acts of ordinary negligence but shall not cover illegal conduct or bad faith acts taken by foster parents in providing foster care. Moneys paid from liability insurance for any claim are limited to the amount by which the claim exceeds the amount available to the claimant from any valid and collectible liability insurance.

(2) The secretary of social and health services may purchase the insurance required in subsection (1) of this section or may choose a self-insurance method. The total moneys expended pursuant to this authorization shall not exceed five hundred thousand dollars per biennium. If the secretary elects a method of self-insurance, the expenditure shall include all administrative and staff costs. If the secretary elects a method of self-insurance, he or she may, by rule, place a limit on the maximum amount to be paid on each claim.

(3) Nothing in this section or RCW 4.24.590 is intended to modify the foster parent reimbursement plan in place on July 1, 1991.

(4) The liability insurance program shall be available by July 1, 1991.