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