Introduced Senate Bill (S)

DIGEST

Procedures to terminate parental rights. Provides that a court may find that reasonable efforts to reunify a child with the child's parent, guardian, or custodian or preserve a child's family are not required if the court finds that the parent, guardian, or custodian of a child who is a child in need of services has failed to maintain consistent and meaningful contact with the child over at least the most recent 12 months. Adds to the list of allegations that satisfy the requirements for a petition for termination of parental rights an allegation that: (1) the parent has failed to Procedures to terminate parental rights. Provides that a court may find that reasonable efforts to reunify a child with the child's parent, guardian, or custodian or preserve a child's family are not required if the court finds that the parent, guardian, or custodian of a child who is a child in need of services has failed to maintain consistent and meaningful contact with the child over at least the most recent 12 months. Adds to the list of allegations that satisfy the requirements for a petition for termination of parental rights an allegation that: (1) the parent has failed to maintain consistent and meaningful contact with the child over at least the most recent 12 months; or (2) the parent abandoned the child for at least six months before the filing of the petition to terminate parental rights. Requires a person filing a petition for termination of parental rights to request a hearing at the time the petition is filed. ... View more