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Committee Bill No. 6297

January Session, 2017

 

LCO No. 3875

 

*03875HB06297KID*

Referred to Committee on COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN

 

Introduced by:

 

(KID)

 

AN ACT CONCERNING VOLUNTARY ADMISSION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subsection (a) of section 17a-11 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(a) The commissioner may, in the commissioner's discretion, admit to the department on a voluntary basis any child or youth who, in the commissioner's opinion, could benefit from any of the services offered or administered by, or under contract with, or otherwise available to, the department. Application for voluntary admission shall be made in writing by the parent or guardian of a child under fourteen years of age or by such person himself or herself if he or she is a child fourteen years of age or older or a youth. The fact that a parent or guardian has applied for [services] or received services for [his or her] a child or youth through voluntary admission shall not be used against [the] such parent or guardian (1) in any investigation conducted by the department in accordance with section 17a-101g, (2) when making placement decisions for the child or youth, (3) when making foster care licensing determinations in accordance with section 17a-114, or (4) in any court proceeding related to the placement of a minor relative of the parent. When a child or youth is admitted to the department on a voluntary basis, the commissioner shall not request or require that such child or youth's parent or guardian terminate such parent or guardian's parental rights or transfer legal custody of the child or youth to the department.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

July 1, 2017

17a-11(a)

Statement of Purpose:

To prohibit the Commissioner of Children and Families from requesting or requiring that the parent or guardian of a child or youth admitted to the department on a voluntary basis terminate such parent or guardian's parental rights or transfer legal custody of the child or youth to the department.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]

Co-Sponsors:

REP. REBIMBAS, 70th Dist.

H.B. 6297