Introduced House Bill (H)

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CHINS and child representatives. Allows a child representative to: (1) accompany the child to meetings, court hearings, school functions, extracurricular activities, and other activities agreed to between the child and the child representative; and (2) host the child for vacations, overnight visits, holidays, and other situations. Requires the department of child services (department) and the board of directors of the judicial conference of Indiana to adopt rules setting forth the: (1) reasons why an individual may be rejected or terminated as a child representative; and (2) expectations concerning a child representative. Allows certain individuals who are at least 18 years CHINS and child representatives. Allows a child representative to: (1) accompany the child to meetings, court hearings, school functions, extracurricular activities, and other activities agreed to between the child and the child representative; and (2) host the child for vacations, overnight visits, holidays, and other situations. Requires the department of child services (department) and the board of directors of the judicial conference of Indiana to adopt rules setting forth the: (1) reasons why an individual may be rejected or terminated as a child representative; and (2) expectations concerning a child representative. Allows certain individuals who are at least 18 years of age and receiving foster care to petition the juvenile court for emancipation. Requires the juvenile court to grant emancipation unless the court determines there is a compelling reason not to grant the petition. Requires certain notices to be sent to a child representative. Provides that child representatives are treated like foster parents in certain situations. Requires the department to consider a child representative if the child needs a foster parent or a new foster parent. Requires a juvenile court to schedule status conferences with a child who is a child in need of services (CHIN). Requires the department to create, make available, and distribute a bill of rights for youth in foster care. ... View more