PA 15-51—HB 6724

Committee on Children

AN ACT CONCERNING TECHNICAL AND MINOR REVISIONS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES STATUTES

SUMMARY: This act renames the Department of Children and Families' (DCF) “adoption resource exchange,” whose primary purpose is to link children awaiting placement with permanent families, as the “permanency resource exchange. ” By law, the exchange (1) provides information and referral services and (2) recruits potential adoptive families. The act expands its duties to include recruiting families interested in becoming guardians of children awaiting placement with permanent families. DCF must register any child available for adoption with the exchange.

Prior law required DCF to refer appropriate children to national adoption exchanges when an adoptive family was not identified within 180 days of the termination of parental rights. The act requires DCF to refer these children to national adoption or permanency resource exchanges.

Finally, the act makes technical changes by eliminating or replacing obsolete terms to reflect current DCF practice.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2015, except a technical change is effective on passage.

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