The Administrative Office of Court provides coordination, support, and oversight of the funding for a variety of special programs, including ours.
One of the projects AOC supported was the Establishing Biological Paternity Early Project. The goal of the project was to provide the courts with reliable, fast, and low-cost DNA testing for alleged fathers in dependency and termination cases. Juvenile courts in Cowlitz, Clark, Pierce, Thurston, and Snohomish Counties participated in this project from August of 2014 through July 31, 2016. Results showed a significant reduction in the waiting time from filing the dependency petition to entering the DNA results, as well as significant cost-savings in the price of the tests and reduced costs for publication in cases when the biological father was identified more quickly. The Washington State Center on Court Research published the Establishing Biological Paternity Early Pilot Project Report 2017 in April of 2017.