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Introduced House Bill (H)

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Termination of parental rights. Requires the department of child services (department) to file a petition for termination of parental rights if a child's parent accumulates a total of three instances of certain acts or omissions. Adds to the list of allegations that satisfy the requirements for a petition for termination of parental rights an allegation that a child's parent: (1) has accumulated a total of three instances of certain acts or omissions; (2) has failed to maintain consistent and meaningful contact with the child over at least the most recent 12 months; (3) has failed to provide care and support Termination of parental rights. Requires the department of child services (department) to file a petition for termination of parental rights if a child's parent accumulates a total of three instances of certain acts or omissions. Adds to the list of allegations that satisfy the requirements for a petition for termination of parental rights an allegation that a child's parent: (1) has accumulated a total of three instances of certain acts or omissions; (2) has failed to maintain consistent and meaningful contact with the child over at least the most recent 12 months; (3) has failed to provide care and support for the child for at least the most recent 12 months; or (4) is unable to adequately provide for the care and supervision of the child due to incompetence and it is unlikely that the parent will be able to adequately provide for the care of and responsibility for the child in the future. Provides that a court may find that reasonable efforts to reunify a child with the child's parent, guardian, or custodian are not required if the parent, guardian, or custodian: (1) has accumulated a total of three instances of certain acts or omissions; (2) has failed to maintain consistent and meaningful contact with the child over at least the most recent 12 months; (3) has failed to provide care and support for the child for at least the most recent 12 months; or (4) is unable to adequately provide for the care and supervision of the child due to incompetence and it is unlikely that the parent will be able to adequately provide for the care of and responsibility for the child in the future. ... View more