AN ACT TO AMEND VARIOUS ABUSE, NEGLECT, AND DEPENDENCY LAWS TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF CHILDREN IN OUT-OF-HOME PLACEMENTS, EXPEDITE PERMANENCY PLANNING HEARINGS FOR CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THE HOME, CREATE A PRESUMPTION THAT FOSTER PARENTS WITH WHOM A CHILD HAS LIVED CONTINUOUSLY FOR NINE MONTHS ARE DEEMED NONRELATIVE KIN, CREATE AN AGGRAVATING CIRCUMSTANCE FOR THE EXPOSURE TO UNLAWFUL CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES IN UTERO OR CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES USED IN VIOLATION OF THE LAW IN UTERO, AND REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DIVISION OF SOCIAL SERVICES, TO REPORT ANNUALLY CERTAIN EXPENDITURES FOR THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP) AND TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES (TANF) PROGRAM.
Senate committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes.
Further amends the definitions of terms used in Subchapter I (Abuse, Neglect, Dependency) of GS Chapter 7B, adding to the term abused juveniles to now include any juvenile less than 18 years of age whose parent, guardian, custodian, or caretaker exposes the juvenile repeatedly to drugs, other than those prescribed by a licensed medical provider, while the juvenile is in utero.
Amends GS 7B-505 to require a department of social services to use due diligence to identify and notify adult relatives, next of kin, and others with legal custody of a sibling of a juvenile who is in nonsecure custody within 30 days, rather than within 60 days, after the initial order removing custody.
Amends GS 7B-903(a1), now providing that once a child under age 3 has resided in a foster parent's home for a continuous period of at least nine months, the foster parent is deemed to be nonrelative kin (was, a relative) for purposes of a court considering placement of the juvenile in out-of-home care under the statute.
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