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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Department of child services reporting; kinship caregiving. Requires the department of child services (department) to submit annually a report to the legislative council concerning turnover rates and information relating to the turnover of caseworkers. Requires the department to submit annually: (1) an affidavit affirming that each caseworker's caseload does not exceed the amount allowed under law; or (2) if the department determines that a caseworker's caseload has exceeded the amount allowed under law at any time during the year, a report containing certain information regarding caseworkers' caseloads. Provides that an appropriation to the department: (1) does not revert at the end of any state fiscal year but remains available for the purposes of the appropriation in subsequent state fiscal years; and (2) is not subject to transfer to any other fund or to transfer, assignment, or reassignment for any other use or purpose except to assign or reassign, upon request, an appropriation to the department from one purpose to another purpose of the department. Requires the department to establish a minimum of three kinship care navigator pilot projects to assist kinship caregivers with understanding and navigating the system of services for children in out-of-home care. Requires the department to report annually to the legislative council and governor on the implementation of the kinship care navigator pilot projects with recommendations on statewide implementation of the pilot projects beginning one year after implementation of the pilot projects. Requires the department to: (1) provide financial assistance for not more than six months to a kinship caregiver with whom the department has made an out-of-home placement of a child; (2) create certain written guidelines for kinship caregivers; (3) provide the written guidelines to each kinship caregiver before a child is placed with the kinship caregiver or at the time the child is placed with the kinship caregiver; and (4) assemble an advisory group to make recommendations concerning curriculum and information that should be provided in training courses for kinship caregivers, develop an appropriate curriculum for training courses for kinship caregivers, and administer training courses for kinship caregivers.