Christine Henderson (Law & Justice)
This research’s relevance and importance is the need to explore solutions in addressing Washington State’s foster care system and decide whether to recommend the re-creation of the disbanded BRAAM oversight panel. According to, Partners for Children, in 2016, the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) investigated and assessed 43,800 households and placed 6,065 Washington State children in foster care. While the BRAAM agreement was in place in 2014-2017, 6,428 in 2014 children were placed in foster care, 6,093 in 2015, 6,065 in 2016, and 6,207 in 2017. Following the disbanded BRAAM oversight panel, 5,838 in 2018 and 2019, 5,333 children were placed in foster care, showing a significant drop in either investigations or household assessments. Exploring the significant drop of investigations after the BRAAM agreement’s disbandment is timely and essential for children in Washington State and gives rise to the discussion of possibly re-creating the BRAAM oversight panel. This research’s chosen method is a systematic review aiming to find, evaluate, and summarize all relevant individual studies and findings from 2011 to present from the BRAAM agreement, thereby making available evidence more accessible to decision-makers. This research is vital for the public, Washington State policymakers, and the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families.
Keywords: Foster Care, Washington State, BRAAM Agreement