WA State guarantees counsel for children in termination cases

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05/10/2021, Legislation, Termination of Parental Rights (State) - Children

In 2021, the Washington State Legislature enacted HB 1219, which guarantees appointed counsel for children in dependency and termination of parental rights cases.  The right will be phased in over 6 years and coordinated through the state's Office of CIvil Legal Aid.  

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no



The NCCRC filed supportive testimony and has worked with advocates on this issue for many years.