AN ACT TO REVISE THE LAWS PERTAINING TO EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION, AMEND THE LAWS PERTAINING TO PARENTING COORDINATORS, AND TO MAKE VARIOUS CHANGES UNDER THE LAWS PERTAINING TO ADOPTIONS.
Senate amendments to the 4th edition make the following changes.
Amendment #1 modifies the proposed changes to GS 48-9-102, which provides for confidentiality of adoptions records. Adds a new requirement for the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Social Services, to conduct a limited review, within 40 days of receipt, of adoptions records to identify any obvious error on the report to vital records prepared by the superior court clerk, and to notify the clerk of any error. Requires the clerk to correct the report and return it to the Division within 10 days after receipt of the notice. Makes conforming changes.
Amendment #2 eliminates the proposed language to new GS 7B-3807 and the proposed changes to GS 150B-1. Instead enacts GS 7B-3807, providing that the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (Compact) regulations and any subsequent amendments adopted by the Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children of the American Public Human Service Association are enacted and apply to all interstate placements between children of the state and jurisdictions that are a party to the Compact. Enacts GS 7B-3808 to grant the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children office (Compact office) at DHHS the authority to request supporting or additional information necessary to carry out the purpose and policy of the Compact and to require assurance that placement meets all applicable NC placement statutes. Requires any sending agency that intends to place a child into and out of North Carolina to submit a complete request to the Compact office, as specified; provides an opportunity to submit additional requested information within 10 business days from the date noticed before the request is deemed expired.
Makes conforming organizational changes.