Citations Affected: IC 31-9; IC 31-32.
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 the most recent 12 consecutive months or 15 of the most recent 22
months, except an individual who has been convicted in any state of a
felony or a misdemeanor that is related to the health or safety of
children. 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
January 27, 2000, amended, reported favorably _ Do Pass.
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
family law and juvenile law.
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 meets the following conditions:
(1) Has been a child's foster parent for at least:
(A) the most recent twelve (12) consecutive months; or
(B) fifteen (15) months of the most recent twenty-two (22) months.
(2) Has never been convicted in any state of a felony or misdemeanor that is related to the health or safety of children.
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.