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.




     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 ***).