Ross Hunter


Washington Child Welfare Workers Call For Firing of Top State Official

Washington's unionized social workers are calling for the state’s top child welfare official to step down, saying he's lagged in reforms.


Washington State Child Welfare Chief Endorses Reform Bill on Governor’s Desk

Ross Hunter, secretary of Washington State’s Department of Children, Youth, and Families, on a visit to Camp To Belong Washington, a camp dedicated to reuniting siblings separated by foster care, adoption or kinship.


We Have to Better Understand What Foster Parents Need

As a new leader in the child welfare space, I thought it would be worth my while to do some listening before I made any big changes. So I went on a tour all over the state of Washington.


Washington State’s New Child Welfare Boss Talks Prevention, Retention and Federal Funding

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) signed a bill in July to create a new cabinet-level agency to oversee the children’s issues in the state based on the recommendations of the Washington State Blue Ribbon Commission on the Delivery of Services to Children and Families.


Stateline Pacific: Mandated Reporters, Youth Homelessness and a New Child Welfare Agency

The Imprint’s rundown of child welfare and youth-related news from up and down the Pacific Coast. Oregon School District Requires Teachers to Report Students’ Sexual Activity Teachers and staff at the Salem-Keizer school district in Oregon must report to law enforcement or state Department of Human Services if children under the age of 18 are sexually active, even if it is consensual.