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Introduced House Bill (H)

DIGEST

Child placement involving siblings. Provides that a juvenile court or the department of child services (DCS), when placing a child alleged to be a child in need of services in an out-of-home placement after detaining the child, shall consider whether the child's best interests would be served by placing the child: (1) with a relative or de facto custodian; or (2) in a household in which a sibling of the child has been placed; before considering any other placement for the child. (Current law provides that the juvenile court or DCS must consider placing the child with a relative or Child placement involving siblings. Provides that a juvenile court or the department of child services (DCS), when placing a child alleged to be a child in need of services in an out-of-home placement after detaining the child, shall consider whether the child's best interests would be served by placing the child: (1) with a relative or de facto custodian; or (2) in a household in which a sibling of the child has been placed; before considering any other placement for the child. (Current law provides that the juvenile court or DCS must consider placing the child with a relative or de facto custodian before considering any other placement for the child.) Provides that a juvenile court, when placing a child in need of services in an out-of-home placement under a dispositional decree, shall consider whether the child's best interests would be served by placing the child: (1) with a relative; or (2) in a household in which a sibling of the child has been placed; before considering any other placement for the child. (Current law provides that the juvenile court must consider placing the child with a relative before considering any other placement for the child.) ... View more