January 28, 2000






SENATE BILL No. 330

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DIGEST OF SB 330 (Updated January 26, 2000 2:39 PM - DI 71)



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 foster parent.

Effective: July 1, 2000.





Wolf, Nugent, Merritt, Clark, Miller




    January 10, 2000, read first time and referred to Committee on Health and Provider Services.
    January 27, 2000, amended, reported favorably _ Do Pass.






January 28, 2000

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 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.