Binti Announces Partnership with Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families

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OAKLAND, CA., June 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Binti, a provider of child protection software, has entered into a partnership with the washington state Ministry of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) to facilitate this process for staff and families. Binti and DCYF are working together to launch Binti’s licensing module, which will be called Washington Caregiver Application Portal (WA CAP). This will allow staff and families to more efficiently manage the foster care application process, which was previously done primarily through a paper application. The WA CAP includes portals for host family applicants, referrals, and other adults to complete their part of the process through a secure, mobile-friendly portal. This recording is then tracked in real time on the DCYF dashboard.

Across the country, there is a shortage of foster families who can provide safe and loving homes for the more than 400,000 children who live in the system. However, the process to become a foster parent is mostly done through a paper application. This makes the process cumbersome for families and difficult for the fostering agency to effectively support and authorize that family.

“We are excited to provide DCYF with a more transparent process for authorizing adoptive parents, especially since it can already be a stressful process,” said Felicia CurcuruBinti.says CEO Felicia Curcuru, CEO of Binti. “Making this process easier for families and staff will help DCYF have enough safe homes for our children in care.

DCYF staff will also be able to complete their paperwork (like home study assessment) and track background checks, training hours, and case notes, all online.

As Binti launches its license module with Washingtonit continued to expand nationwide and is now deployed in over 200 agencies in 30 states (Washington is the fourth statewide agency). Using WA CAP will not only involve DCYF staff directly, but also the more than 40 private child placement agencies (CPAs) across the state that authorize foster parents. These CPAs will have their own Binti portals to track applications from families who apply through them, and DCYF will have final approval on these applications, as well as high-level data and reporting. “Until this partnership with Binti, we did not have strict control over the licensing parameters of each of our agencies,” shared David Yantis, DCYF project manager. “Now we look forward to accessing this information at the click of a button.”

“Binti helped washington state improve the foster family approval process by increasing and diversifying the foster family population. WA CAP enables us to provide a single source of application to potential and existing caregivers and to streamline our home study process, automate existing paper-based practices, and provide tools for effective recruitment and retention of caregivers. welcome in washington state. It’s been a great partnership with Binti and we look forward to launching it in fall 2022,” said Ruben ReevesPrincipal administrator of the DCYF.

About Binti
Binti is a mission-driven software company, designed to revolutionize the child welfare system by providing modern tools to empower social workers in their efforts to help every child have a safe and loving family. Binti is used by over 100 child welfare agencies to increase family permanency for children by streamlining the adoption and foster care process, allowing social workers to focus on children and families in need instead than on the paperwork. Learn more at www.binti.com.

For more information about DCYF and WA CAP, visit the DCYF Foster Parent Application Portal or contact dcyf.caregiverportal@dcyf.wa.gov.

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