HOUSE BILL No. 5122

 

 

October 17, 2017, Introduced by Reps. Runestad, Yanez, Chirkun, Cochran, Liberati, Wittenberg, Zemke, Elder, Brinks, Durhal, Gay-Dagnogo, Moss, Geiss, Lasinski, Hoadley, Greig, Sabo, Guerra, Sowerby, Crawford, Lucido, Tedder, Vaupel, Marino, Greimel, Green, Dianda, Faris, Victory, Iden, McCready, Kelly, Bellino, Pagel, Lilly, Kesto and Kosowski and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

 

     A bill to amend 1994 PA 203, entitled

 

"Foster care and adoption services act,"

 

(MCL 722.951 to 722.960) by adding section 8c.

 

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:

 

     Sec. 8c. In addition to the specific policy described in

 

sections 8b and 8d, the department shall draft and maintain a

 

specific policy for children in foster care as provided in this

 

section. This specific policy shall be implemented by no later than

 

90 days after the effective date of the amendatory act that added

 

this section and shall, in addition to the provisions of sections

 

8b and 8d, address the child in foster care's access to the

 

following as age-appropriate and as mandated by the court:

 

     (a) Regular contact with all of the child in foster care's

 

caseworkers, attorneys, and advocates.

 

     (b) Relevant information regarding a change in the child in


foster care's caseworker or attorney.

 

     (c) Reasonable notification of hearings.

 

     (d) At 14 years of age or older, involvement in the child in

 

foster care's own case plan development and development of a plan

 

for his or her future and aging out of the foster care system.

 

     (e) Help with understanding the services available to children

 

in foster care and how to access those services.

 

     (f) A permanent plan for placement and the child in foster

 

care's participation in the development of that plan.

 

     (g) Protection of the child in foster care's privacy and

 

confidentiality regarding his or her case.

 

     Enacting section 1. This amendatory act does not take effect

 

unless all of the following bills of the 99th Legislature are

 

enacted into law:

 

     (a) Senate Bill No. ____ or House Bill No. 5121 (request no.

 

00465'17 ****).

 

     (b) Senate Bill No. ____ or House Bill No. 5123 (request no.

 

00467'17 ***).