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Engrossed House Bill (H)

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Parental incarceration. Provides that a child in need of services (CHINS) case plan must include a description and discussion of: (1) the services and treatment available to an incarcerated parent at the facility at which the parent is incarcerated; and (2) how the parent and child may be afforded visitation opportunities, unless visitation with the parent is not in the best interests of the child. Requires a CHINS dispositional decree to provide a reasonable opportunity for a parent of the child who: (1) is incarcerated; and (2) has maintained a meaningful role in the child's life; to maintain a relationship Parental incarceration. Provides that a child in need of services (CHINS) case plan must include a description and discussion of: (1) the services and treatment available to an incarcerated parent at the facility at which the parent is incarcerated; and (2) how the parent and child may be afforded visitation opportunities, unless visitation with the parent is not in the best interests of the child. Requires a CHINS dispositional decree to provide a reasonable opportunity for a parent of the child who: (1) is incarcerated; and (2) has maintained a meaningful role in the child's life; to maintain a relationship with the child, subject to the safety of the community and best interests of the child. Provides that a petition to terminate a parent-child relationship (TPR) may be dismissed if: (1) the parent is incarcerated or the parent's prior incarceration is a significant factor in the child having been under the supervision of the department of child services (department) or a county probation department for at least 15 of the most recent 22 months; (2) the parent maintains a meaningful role in the child's life; and (3) the department has not documented a reason to conclude that it would otherwise be in the child's best interests to terminate the parent-child relationship. Provides that in determining whether to dismiss a TPR, a court may consider the length of time remaining in an incarcerated parent's sentence. ... View more