PA 07-8—SB 1152

Select Committee on Children

Human Services Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING PLACEMENT OF SIBLINGS OF CHILDREN BY THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

SUMMARY: This act increases short-term, unlicensed placement options for foster children. It allows the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to place half- and step-siblings with an unlicensed caregiver who is related to at least one of the children. Prior law required that each child be related to the caregiver. The act also lowers, from 14 to 10, the minimum age for placing children temporarily with unlicensed family friends or other responsible adults who already know the child.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2007

BACKGROUND

Unlicensed Foster Homes

State law prohibits DCF from placing children in unlicensed foster homes. But when it is in a child's best interests, it may place him or her for up to 90 days with responsible unlicensed relatives or others with whom the child has a positive relationship. Caregivers must become licensed foster parents if the placement extends beyond 90 days.

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