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Reporting Possible Child Care Subsidy Fraud


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DEL takes fraud very seriously. If you suspect that a parent or a child care provider is misusing child care subsidy benefits, please contact the Department of Social & Health Services' Office of Fraud and Accountability (OFA).

  • On OFA's website
  • By mail: DSHS Welfare Fraud; P.O. Box 45817; Olympia, Washington 98504-5817
  • Welfare Fraud Hotline: 1-800-562-6906
  • FAX: (360) 664-0032, Attention: HOTLINE

When you report possible fraud, OFA will need specific information, such as names, phone numbers and other details in order to investigate the fraud allegation. You may make your report anonymously. Learn more about the fraud reporting process.

DEL wants to ensure that eligible families get the child care subsidy benefits they need and are eligible for and that providers are paid fairly for the subsidized child care they provide. We are all stewards of our limited public funds.

The rules for child care subsidy can be complex. Learn more about Working Connections Child Care or other child care subsidy programs.