AN ACT TO AMEND VARIOUS PROVISIONS UNDER THE LAWS GOVERNING ADOPTIONS AND JUVENILES.
Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.
Further amends GS 48-3-605 to allow a parent or adoptee who has not reached the age of 18 to be identified via affidavit by a licensed professional social worker.
Deletes proposed Part II which made changes to GS 48-2-205, concerning the recognition of adoption decrees from other jurisdictions, and to GS 48-2-301, concerning readoption. Deletes Part V which amended GS 48-2-402 concerning service by publication. Makes conforming changes by renumbering the remaining bill sections.
Amends GS 48-3-303(g) by correcting the reference to replacement assessments to preplacement assessments.
Adds Part VIII amending GS 131D-10.9B by amending the strategies that the Permanency Innovation Fund must support by deleting the family finding. Changes the name of the Child Specific Adoption Recruitment Services to the Child Focused Recruitment Services and adds that these services include enhanced family engagement practices to discover and engage relatives of children living in public foster care. Amends the Permanency Training Services strategy so that it is defined as services delivered by Children's Home Society of North Carolina to enhance (was, to assess) the readiness of county departments of social services to implement the permanency strategies under the strategy above and provide training services to support service delivery.
Adds Part IX amending GS 7B-101(1) to include as abused juveniles any juvenile less than 18 years old who is found to be a minor victim of human trafficking. Also amends GS 7B-101(15) by adding to the definition of neglected juvenile a juvenile less than 18 years of age who is found to be a minor victim of human trafficking. Makes conforming changes. Enacts new GS 14-43.15 providing that any minor victim of the specified human trafficking, involuntarily servitude, and sexual servitude statutes must be alleged to be abused and neglected and the provisions of GS Chapter 7B Subchapter I apply.
Changes the act's effective date from October 1, 2017, to October 1, 2018.
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