Introduced Version






SENATE BILL No. 287

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 31-9-2-76.5 ; IC 31-34-21 .

Synopsis: Foster parents' participation in certain juvenile proceedings. Entitles a long term foster parent to intervene as a party in a proceeding for the periodic review of a dispositional decree involving a child in need of services.

Effective: July 1, 2002.





Miller




    January 7, 2002, read first time and referred to Committee on Judiciary.







Introduced

Second Regular Session 112th General Assembly (2002)


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SENATE BILL No. 287



    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, 2002]: Sec. 76.5. "Long term foster parent", for purposes of IC 31-34-21-4.6 , has the meaning set forth in IC 31-34-21-4.6 (a).
    SECTION 2. IC 31-34-21-4.5 , AS ADDED BY P.L.133-2000, SECTION 7, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2002]: Sec. 4.5. (a) Except as provided in subsection (b) and section 4.6 of this chapter, a foster parent may petition the court to request intervention as a party to a proceeding described in this chapter.
    (b) A foster parent who has been:
        (1) the subject of a substantiated report of child abuse or neglect; or
        (2) convicted of a felony listed in IC 12-17.4-4-11 ;
may not petition the court to intervene under this section.
    (c) A court may grant a petition filed under this section if the court determines that intervention of the petitioner is in the best interests of

the child.
    SECTION 3. IC 31-34-21-4.6 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2002]: Sec. 4.6. (a) As used in this section, "long term foster parent" means a foster parent who has provided care and supervision for a child for at least twelve (12) consecutive months.
    (b) Except as provided in subsection (c), a long term foster parent, upon written notice to the court, is entitled to intervene as a party to a proceeding described in this chapter.
    (c) A long term foster parent is not entitled to intervene as a party in a proceeding under this chapter if the long term foster parent has been:
        (1) the subject of a substantiated report of child abuse or neglect; or
        (2) convicted of a felony listed in IC 12-17.4-4-11.