HOUSE BILL No. 1298
DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Synopsis: Notification to foster parents. Provides that a foster home
must notify the division of family and children if: (1) a foster child less
than 16 years of age, while living in a foster home, engages in or is the
victim of sexual contact; (2) a foster child, while living in a foster
home, is charged with, convicted of, or is the victim of certain sex
crimes or is charged with or adjudicated as a juvenile for having
committed certain acts that would be sex crimes if committed by an
adult; or (3) the foster home learns the foster child, before placement
in the foster home, had engaged in or been the victim of sexual contact
or certain other sex crimes. Specifies what information must be
provided to the division. Requires the division to share this information
with former and current licensees. Imposes certain confidentiality
Effective: July 1, 2002.
January 15, 2002, read first time and referred to Committee on Human Affairs.
Second Regular Session 112th General Assembly (2002)
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HOUSE BILL No. 1298
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: IC 12-17.4-4-33.5; (02)IN1298.1.1. -->
IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA
CODE AS A NEW
SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS
[EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2002]: Sec. 33.5. (a) A licensee must
immediately contact the division if:
(1) a foster child less than sixteen (16) years of age, while
living in a foster home, engages in or is the victim of sexual
contact (as defined in
(2) a foster child, while living in a foster home, is:
(A) charged with or adjudicated as having committed an
act that would be a crime under
by an adult;
(B) charged with or convicted of an offense under
(C) the victim of an offense under
(3) the licensee learns that a foster child has, before placement
with the licensee, engaged in or been the victim of an act
described in subdivision (1) or (2).
(b) The information provided to the division under subsection
(a) must include:
(1) the name of the child;
(2) the date of the occurrence of the act if it can be
(3) a description of the act;
(4) the name of the responding law enforcement agency if a
law enforcement agency is contacted; and
(5) any other information the licensee determines is relevant.
(c) The division shall provide information described in
subsection (b) to:
(1) a licensee before the placement of the foster child; and
(2) each licensee where the foster child has previously been
(d) The information described in this section is subject to the
confidentiality requirements of section 20 of this chapter.