Department of Child Services matters

The House Judiciary Committee heard SB 305, sponsored by Rep. Frizzell and Rep.  McNamara, on Department of Child Services matters. This bill makes a child who is a victim of human or sexual trafficking a new CHINS category, and adds a CHINS chapter for a child who … [Read more...]

Registry of convicted child abusers

The House Courts and Criminal Code Committee heard SB 357 on registry of convicted child abusers sponsored by Rep. Morris and Rep. Steuerwald. The bill requires the State Police Department to establish an electronic child abuse registry containing information relating … [Read more...]

Terminating the parent-child relationship

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard HB 1064, sponsored by Sen. Charbonneau, concerning terminating the parent-child relationship when the child is conceived during a rape. This bill extends to the parent who was the victim of the rape the opportunity to file a … [Read more...]

No contact orders and battery

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard HB 1069, on no contact orders and battery.  This bill permits the Department of Child Services (DCS) to file a petition for a no contact order on behalf of foster parents and their foster kids. The legislation also increases the … [Read more...]

Juvenile justice

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard HB 1369, on juvenile justice which assigns the task of looking at innovative juvenile programs to the Commission on Improving the Status of Children. Sponsor Sen. Holdman explained that the intent is to showcase programs, including … [Read more...]

Guardianship; Department of Child Services

The Senate Family & Children Services Committee heard HB 1183, sponsored by Sen. Buck, on guardianship; Department of Child Services.  Author Rep. Frizzell presented this bill providing that a delegation of power by a properly executed power of attorney does not … [Read more...]

Parenting coordinators

The Senate Civil Law committee heard SB 250 addressing parenting coordinators authored by Sen. Buck.  Sen. Buck introduced the bill explaining he is concerned about the well-being of children in high conflict custody cases.  The bill allows for the appointment of … [Read more...]

Registry of convicted child abusers

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard Sen Yoder’s SB 357 creating a registry of convicted child abusers. This bill defines "crime of child abuse" and requires the State Police Department (department) to establish an electronic child abuse registry containing information … [Read more...]