PA 12-58—sSB 294

Select Committee on Children

Human Services Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING CHILDREN AND THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

SUMMARY: By law, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) commissioner or any agent she appoints must carefully supervise children under her guardianship or care. The commissioner or agent must maintain contact with the child and the child's foster family to promote the child's safety and his or her physical, educational, moral, and emotional development. This act requires the commissioner or agent to visit each foster home at least once every 60 days.

The act also requires the commissioner, within 60 days after a child or youth with behavioral health needs is placed in DCF care and custody, to visit the family home or homes of such child or youth. The purpose of the visit is, at a minimum, to (1) assess the potential causes of the child's behavioral health needs, including genetic and familial factors and (2) determine the resources needed to best treat the child.

The act requires DCF to prescribe a form for foster families to use when submitting special requests to DCF on the child's behalf. It must respond to these requests within five business days of receiving them or the requests are deemed approved. Special requests include asking that a foster child be allowed to travel overnight or out-of-state with his or her foster family.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2012

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