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S.B. 17





Sponsor: Dan R. Eastman

             6      LONG TITLE
             7      General Description:
             8          This bill amends the duties of a foster care citizen review board and the court for
             9      reviewing cases involving children in the custody of the Division of Child and Family
             10      Services.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    requires that the six month reviews of a case involving a child in the custody of the
             14      Division of Child and Family Services be conducted until the court terminates the
             15      state's custody of the child;
             16          .    requires that in cases where a court conducted a six month review hearing, a foster
             17      care citizen review board must conduct a review of the case within 18 months of the
             18      date that the child was removed from the child's home;
             19          .    removes the requirement that a court provide notice to the Foster Care Citizen
             20      Review Board Steering Committee of a determination or finding made by the court;
             21          .    provides that the Foster Care Citizen Review Board Steering Committee shall have
             22      access to certain court records and shall forward relevant information from those
             23      records to the appropriate foster care citizen review board; and
             24          .    makes technical changes.
             25      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             26          None
             27      Other Special Clauses:

             28          None
             29      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             30      AMENDS:
             31          78-3g-103, as last amended by Chapter 208, Laws of Utah 2000
             33      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             34          Section 1. Section 78-3g-103 is amended to read:
             35           78-3g-103. Foster care citizen review boards -- Membership -- Responsibilities --
             36      Periodic reviews.
             37          (1) Within appropriations from the Legislature, foster care citizen review boards shall
             38      be established in each Juvenile Court district in the state, to act as the panels described in 42
             39      U.S.C. Sections 675(5) and (6), [which] that are required to conduct periodic reviews unless
             40      court reviews are conducted.
             41          (2) (a) The committee shall appoint seven members to each board.
             42          (b) Five [of those] members of each board shall be parents.
             43          [(b)] (c) Five members of a board constitute a quorum, and an action [of] by a majority
             44      of [the] a quorum constitutes the action of the board.
             45          [(c)] (d) A board member may not be an employee of the division or the juvenile court.
             46          [(d)] (e) Board members shall be representative of the ethnic, cultural, religious,
             47      socio-economic, and professional diversity found in the community.
             48          [(e)] (f) A board may elect [its own] officers, including:
             49          (i) a chair[,];
             50          (ii) a vice chair[,]; and
             51          (iii) other officers as it considers appropriate.
             52          [(f)] (g) The division may designate a representative to provide technical advice to the
             53      board regarding division policy and procedure.
             54          (3) With regard to each child in its custody, the division shall:
             55          (a) provide the appropriate [boards] board with access to all records maintained by the
             56      division[,]; and [shall]
             57          (b) ensure that each appropriate board is provided with the entire case file regarding
             58      each of its pertinent cases.

             59          (4) (a) In districts or areas where foster care citizen review boards [have been] are
             60      established, a periodic [reviews either by the court or by a foster care citizen review board,]
             61      review shall be conducted by the court or a board with regard to each child in the division's
             62      custody:
             63          (i) no less frequently than once every six months, in accordance with:
             64          (A) Section 78-3a-313 ; and
             65          (B) 42 U.S.C. Sections 675(5) and (6)[.]; and
             66          (ii) until the court terminates the state's custody of the child.
             67          (b) In cases where the court has conducted a six month review hearing, a [foster care
             68      citizen review] board shall also conduct a review within [12] 18 months from the date of the
             69      child's removal from [his] the child's home.
             70          [(b)] (c) In accordance with federal law and with Subsection 78-3a-314 (1), a periodic
             71      [reviews] review conducted by [foster care citizen review boards] a board shall be open to the
             72      participation of the child's:
             73          (i) natural parents[,];
             74          (ii) foster parents[,];
             75          (iii) preadoptive parents[,]; and
             76          (iv) any relative providing care for the child.
             77          (d) Notice of the periodic review described in this Subsection (4) shall be provided to
             78      [those persons] each person described in Subsection (4)(c) pursuant to Subsection
             79      78-3a-314 (1).
             80          [(c)] (e) At each periodic review, [foster care citizen review boards] the board shall:
             81          (i) provide opportunities for separate interviews with parents and foster parents in each
             82      case; and
             83          (ii) conduct an individual interview with each affected child who is old enough to
             84      participate in an interview, unless the child affirmatively chooses not to participate. [At]
             85          (f) A child who is interviewed under Subsection (4)(e)(ii) may, at the child's request,
             86      [he may] be accompanied by a support person of [his] the child's choice, [so long as] provided
             87      that the support person is not an alleged perpetrator.
             88          [(d)] (g) Boards may review additional abuse, neglect, or dependency cases or plans at
             89      the request of the court.

             90          (5) [Each] Following the periodic review described in Subsection (4), the board shall
             91      prepare a dispositional report regarding the child's case and plan. The periodic review and the
             92      dispositional report shall:
             93          (a) be consistent with [the provisions of]:
             94          (i) Title 62A, Chapter 4a, Child and Family Services[,]; and
             95          (ii) Title 78, Chapter 3a, Part 3, Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency Proceedings[,]; and
             96      [shall]
             97          (b) include at least the following considerations:
             98          [(a)] (i) the extent to which the plan's objectives [have been] are implemented or
             99      accomplished by the:
             100          (A) parent[, the];
             101          (B) child[,]; and [the]
             102          (C) division;
             103          [(b)] (ii) (A) whether revisions to the plan are needed[,]; and [if so,]
             104          (B) if revisions are needed, how the plan should be revised;
             105          [(c)] (iii) the extent to which the division has provided the services and interventions
             106      described in the plan[, and];
             107          (iv) whether [those] the services and interventions described in Subsection (5)(b)(iii)
             108      are assisting, or will assist, the parent and child to achieve the plan's objectives within the
             109      statutory time limitations;
             110          [(d)] (v) the extent to which the parent and child have willingly and actively
             111      participated in the interventions described in the plan;
             112          [(e)] (vi) the continuing necessity for and appropriateness of the child's placement;
             113          [(f)] (vii) the extent of progress [that has been] made toward alleviating or mitigating
             114      the causes necessitating the child's removal or continued placement;
             115          [(g)] (viii) the primary permanency goal [and] for the child;
             116          (ix) the concurrent permanency goal for the child [and,];
             117          (x) if a final permanency plan has been established, an opinion regarding the
             118      appropriateness of that permanency plan; [and]
             119          [(h)] (xi) a determination regarding whether the statutory time limitations described in
             120      Title 78, Chapter 3a, Part 3, [have been] are met, [specifically,] including whether the 12

             121      month limitation on reunification services required by Section 78-3a-311 [has been] is
             122      complied with[. The board shall also render an]; and
             123          (xii) the board's opinion regarding when it estimates that the child will achieve
             124      permanency.
             125          (6) (a) [Each] Within 30 days after a case is reviewed by the board, the board shall
             126      submit [its] the dispositional report described in Subsection (5) to:
             127          (i) the court[,];
             128          (ii) the division[,]; and [to]
             129          (iii) all parties to an action [within 30 days after a case is reviewed by the board].
             130          (b) The [board's] dispositional report shall be filed with the court, and shall be made a
             131      part of the court's legal file.
             132          (c) The dispositional report described in Subsection (5):
             133          (i) shall be received and reviewed by the court in the same manner as the court receives
             134      and reviews the reports described in Section 78-3a-505 [. The report by a board,];
             135          (ii) if determined to be an ex parte communication with a judge, shall be considered a
             136      communication authorized by law[. Foster care citizen review board dispositional reports]; and
             137          (iii) may be:
             138          (A) received as evidence[,]; and [may be]
             139          (B) considered by the court along with other evidence.
             140          (d) The court may require any person who participated in the dispositional report
             141      described in Subsection (5) to appear as a witness if the person is reasonably available.
             142          [(c) Whenever a court makes a determination or finding it shall provide for notice to
             143      the committee regarding that determination or finding. The committee shall provide that
             144      information to the applicable board.]
             145          (e) (i) For cases subject to review by a board pursuant to this section, the committee
             146      shall have access to the following court records:
             147          (A) findings;
             148          (B) orders;
             149          (C) other determinations; and
             150          (D) records regarding the time and purpose of hearings.
             151          (ii) The committee shall provide to the appropriate board the information obtained

             152      under Subsection (6)(e)(i) that is relevant to a review conducted by the board.
             153          (7) (a) [Members of boards] Except as provided in Subsection (7)(b), a member of a
             154      board may not receive:
             155          (i) financial compensation or benefits for [their] the member's services[. Members may
             156      not receive]; or
             157          (ii) per diem or expenses for [their] the member's service[, except that: (a) members].
             158          (b) Notwithstanding Subsection (7)(a), a member may be:
             159          (i) reimbursed for mileage on days that [they are] the member is involved in training, at
             160      rates established by the Division of Finance; and
             161          [(b) members may be]
             162          (ii) provided with a meal on days that [they serve] the member serves on a board.
             163          (8) [Boards are] A board is authorized to receive funds from public and private grants
             164      and donations in accordance with the requirements described in Subsection 78-3g-102 (8).
             165          (9) [In districts or areas where foster care citizen review boards have not been] In a
             166      district or area where a board has not been established, either the court or the Division of Child
             167      and Family Services shall conduct the reviews in accordance with the provisions of
             168      [Subsections (4)(a) and (b),] Subsection (4) and Section 78-3a-313 .

Legislative Review Note
    as of 11-27-04 2:29 PM

Based on a limited legal review, this legislation has not been determined to have a high
probability of being held unconstitutional.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

Interim Committee Note
    as of 12-08-04 10:35 AM

The Health and Human Services Interim Committee recommended this bill.

Legislative Committee Note
    as of 12-08-04 10:35 AM

The Child Welfare Legislative Oversight Panel recommended this bill.

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