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Senate Bill 0252

Senate Bill 0252

ARCHIVE (2000)

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Child protection. Allows a local child protection service to initiate an investigation of alleged child abuse or neglect, in the absence of anyone having filed a report that a child may be a victim of child abuse or neglect, if the child protection service has actual knowledge that a child may be a child in need of services under certain circumstances. Requires child abuse or neglect investigations initiated without a report to follow the same procedures as investigations initiated by receipt of a report. Provides that a child is a child in need of services if: (1) the child's parent, guardian, or custodian has: (A) had a previous substantiated report of abuse or neglect reviewed and approved by a court; or (B) been convicted of certain sex offenses; (2) there is a substantial risk that the parent, guardian, or custodian is likely to abuse or neglect the child; and (3) the child needs care, treatment, or rehabilitation that the child is not receiving and is unlikely to be provided or accepted without the coercive intervention of the court.
    Current Status:
    In Committee - first House
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