Citations Affected: IC 31-9-2-76.5 ; IC 31-32-2.5.
Synopsis: Long term foster parent party status. Defines "long term
foster parent" as a person who has been a child's foster parent for at
least 12 consecutive months or 15 of the most recent 22 months.
Provides that a long term foster parent is a party to a child in need of
services proceeding. Requires the office of family and children to
notify the court when an individual becomes a party as a long term
Effective: July 1, 2000.
January 10, 2000, read first time and referred to Committee on Health and Provider
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
family law and juvenile law.
IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE
AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY
1, 2000]: Sec. 76.5. "Long term foster parent", for purposes of
, means a person who has been a child's foster parent
for at least:
(1) twelve (12) consecutive months; or
(2) fifteen (15) months of the most recent twenty-two (22) months.
SECTION 2. IC 31-32-2.5 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2000]:
Chapter 2.5. Long Term Foster Parents
Sec. 1. This chapter applies to a child in need of services proceeding under IC 31-34.
Sec. 2. A long term foster parent is a party to a proceeding described in section 1 of this chapter.
Sec. 3. (a) The county office of family and children shall notify
the court whenever an individual becomes a party under this
(b) Failure of the county office of family and children to comply with subsection (a) does not prevent a long term foster parent from becoming a party.