Substitute Senate Bill No. 1228

Public Act No. 99-85

An Act Concerning Notice of Child Abuse Provided by the Department of Children and Families.

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

Section 17a-103b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Upon a substantiated complaint of abuse of a child having a single custodial parent or a guardian, the Department of Children and Families shall give, when deemed to be in the best interests of the child, to the noncustodial parent, custodial parent, [and] guardian of the child, and parents if the Department of Children and Families has custody of a child, notice of (1) the circumstances of the complaint, including the name of the person who caused the abuse, (2) the availability of services from the department, including, but not limited to, child care subsidies and emergency shelter, and (3) the programs of the Office of Victim Services and information on obtaining a restraining order. The notice shall also inform the recipient that such child may be removed from the custody of the custodial parent by the department if such removal is authorized under the general statutes. The department shall employ all reasonable efforts to provide the notice within ten days of substantiation of a complaint.

(b) The notice required under subsection (a) of this section shall be in English or the principal language of the recipient, if known, and be delivered (1) by certified mail, return receipt requested, directed to the last-known address of each recipient, or (2) [by delivery] by an agent of the department. In the case of personal delivery by an agent, written acknowledgement of such delivery shall be made by the recipient.

Approved June 3, 1999