HB 1110 — a DCS Bill

House Bill 1110 has been passed out of the House and is now working its way through the legislative process in the Senate.  Here are some of the proposed changes:

IC 31-9-2-107  would define “relative” for certain statutes to include a parent, grandparent, brother, sister, stepparent, stepgrandparent, stepbrother, stepsister, a first cousin, an uncle, an aunt, or any other individual with whom a child has an established and significant relationship.

IC 31-27-4-1 would be amended to allow a person to operate a foster home without a license if the person is a relative of the child placed there.  This would enable a child to be placed in certain relative homes faster and easier with less cost to the proposed foster parent.

IC 31-34-4-2 and IC 31-34-6-2 would be amended to require that when a child is alleged to be a CHINS and is taken into custody or the child has been adjudicated to be a CHINS, DCS must consider placing the child with a suitable and willing relative or de facto custodian before considering any other out-of-home placement.  The relative may be related by blood, marriage, or adoption.  A home evaluation and background check would required prior to the placement approval.

The post HB 1110 — the DCS Bill — originally appeared on the Indiana Juvenile Justice blog.

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