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.