Bill Summary for H 12 (2015-2016)
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AN ACT TO AMEND THE FOSTER CARE OMBUDSMAN PILOT PROGRAM IN GASTON COUNTY.Intro. by Torbett.
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Amends Section 1(c) of SL 2013-111, regarding the Foster Care Ombudsman Pilot Program in Gaston County, providing that the foster care ombudsman must, when a juvenile is placed in foster care following a disposition order under GS 7B-905, be a party in all actions under GS 7B-906.1 (previously required to be a party in all actions under GS 7B-906 and GS 7B-907). Provides that Gaston County can designate an attorney to assist the ombudsman, if requested by the ombudsman (previously, Gaston County was required to designate an attorney if requested as specified). Adds language that allows the ombudsman to be allowed to participate in any meeting or court hearing regarding the juvenile prior to disposition, if requested by the parent or juvenile. Provides that the ombudsman must have access to case files regarding any juvenile in the care of the Department of Social Services who has been placed in foster care. Makes a technical change. Provides that an ombudsman can assist pre-adoptive parents or a relative of the juvenile with matters concerning the case if so requested by the pre-adoptive parent or relative.