Introduced Version






SENATE BILL No. 330

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



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 foster parent.

Effective: July 1, 2000.





Wolf, Nugent, Clark, Merritt




    January 10, 2000, read first time and referred to Committee on Health and Provider Services.







Introduced

Second Regular Session 111th General Assembly (2000)


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SENATE BILL No. 330



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning family law and juvenile law.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

    SECTION 1. IC 31-9-2-76.5 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 IC 31-32-2.5 , 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 chapter.
    (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.