Sponsored by Sen. Roach, SB 5763 states that when the parent requests relative placement, there is a presumption that the placement is in the best interests of the child as long as the placement will not impede reasonable efforts to reunify. The department has the burden to overcome the presumption by a preponderance of the evidence. Additionally, the bill requires the department or supervising agency, absent good cause, to follow the wishes of the parent regarding placement of the child as provided in RCW 13.34.260.
SB 5763 was referred to the Senate Human Services and Corrections Committee, but was never scheduled for a hearing. Therefore, the bill died.