Truancy / At-Risk Youth / Child in Need of Services
In 1993, a 13-year-old runaway named Rebecca Hedman ("Becca") was murdered in Spokane, Washington, far from her home in Tacoma. A group of parents and legislators came together and successfully pushed for legislation (passed in 1995) that was designed to prevent situations like Becca's from happening again. The so-called "Becca Bill" addresses several areas of public policy, including those affecting truant, at-risk, and runaway youth.
King County Superior Court operates and manages three programs -- Truancy, At-Risk Youth, and Child in Need of Services -- as part of its obligation to provide court services under the Becca Bill. These programs are designed to support families and school districts and to help them meet their statutory and court-ordered obligations when filing Becca petitions.
Please visit the following program webpages for more information:
The King County Department of Public Defense appoints attorneys to children involved in Becca cases -- at-risk youth, CHINS or truancy petitions. Parents involved in CHINS cases may receive a public defender but must screen to see if they’re eligible. Go here to learn more about public defense services in Becca cases. Or call (206) 477-9727 to see if you qualify for a public defender