Committee on Children

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SB-72

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING A NOTIFICATION OF SUPPORT FOR FOSTER PARENTS AND RELATIVE CAREGIVERS.

Vote Date:

2/25/2016

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

2/16/2016

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Committee on Children

REASONS FOR BILL:

To improve foster and adoptive parents understanding of support available to them under current statute and DCF policy.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

The Department of Children and Families: testified in opposition of proposed S.B. 72 under the grounds that the state could face sizable litigation from foster families and caregivers who believe their needs have not been met.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Karen Coton: testified that the Department of Children and Families must provide all of the child's records to foster parents and/or caregivers. She stated that she had not received notice of hearings regarding a child in her care, or records depicting a pattern of behavior regarding a girl previously in her care.

Carolyn Goodridge, Public Policy Liaison, CT Association of Foster and Adoptive Parents: testified that Connecticut should pass a statute guarding the rights of foster parents and caregivers and recognize the rights and roles of foster parents and caregivers in state statute, as they play a pivotal role in the lives of children.

Bianca Rey, Associate Policy Fellow, Connecticut Voices for Children: testified that foster parents and caregivers must be notified of all case planning and review meetings, permanency hearings, and have access to all records for the child in their care. With all of the child's information available, the foster parents and caregivers can better service the needs of the child.

Jeanne Wehling, Uncasville CT: stated that the DCF must provide any necessary information regarding children currently or previously in their care. She stated that information was not provided to her when she attempted to enroll her godson into a new school, and that she disproves of the way the current system is being run.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

“None Expressed”

Reported by: Justin Olson, Assistant Clerk
Alessandra Burgett, Clerk

Date: 3/2/16