PA 13-52—SB 822

Children Committee

Human Services Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING INTERVIEWS OF CHILDREN BY THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES DURING INVESTIGATIONS OF CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT

SUMMARY: This act allows the Department of Children and Families (DCF), when investigating child abuse or neglect allegations, to interview a child without his or her caretaker's consent when it has reason to believe that seeking such consent would place the child at imminent risk of physical harm. DCF may already interview the child without such consent if it has reason to believe that the caretaker or a member of the child's household was the perpetrator of the abuse or neglect. By law, when conducting such investigation, DCF must generally obtain the consent of parents, guardians, or other individuals responsible for the care of the child it wishes to interview.

By law, if consent is not required, the interview must generally be conducted in the presence of a disinterested adult.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2013

OLR Tracking: RC: ND: VR: RO