HB 300 (BR 380) - J. Vincent
AN ACT relating to the placement of children.
Amend KRS 610.125, relating to permanency hearings, to specify that the Cabinet for Families and Children or the Department of Juvenile Justice shall report to the court within 7 days of a determination that reasonable efforts to reunify the child with the child's parents will not be made and in all other cases to notify the court within 120 days prior to the expiration of one year of the child entering foster care, rather than 60 days, and to require the court to enter a written order of the permanency plan with the clerk within three days of the hearing or to make written findings in the record if the case is to be redocketed; amend KRS 610.127, relating to circumstances negating the requirement to reunify the child with the parent, to add a continuous or repeated failure by the parent to cooperate and actively participate in reunification programs; amend KRS 610.160, relating to court-ordered participation in treatment of the child, to specify those parents who are not eligible for any court-ordered reunification programs; create a new section of KRS Chapter 620, relating to dependency, abuse, and neglect cases, to direct the cabinet to develop a system of concurrent planning consistent with the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997; create a new section of KRS Chapter 625, relating to termination of parental rights, to direct the cabinet to file a petition and motion for trial within 7 days of determining that reasonable efforts to reunify the child with the parent will not be made; create a new section of KRS Chapter 27A, relating to judicial support agencies, to direct the Administrative Office of the Courts to develop an automated system to track the placement of children in foster care, to apply for federal grants to help implement the program, to copy any reports sent to a federal officer to the General Assembly and the Governor and to require annual reports to the General Assembly and the Governor on the number of permanency hearings, termination of parental rights hearings, and any orders issued pursuant thereto, and the number of adoption judgments entered; amend KRS 620.023, relating to considerations for the best interest of the child, to add a continuous or repeated failure by the parent to cooperate and actively participate in reunification programs; and amend KRS 610.010, 620.180, 625.090, 620.020, and 600.020 to conform.
Jan 15-introduced in House
Jan 16-to Judiciary (H)