S.B. 126 Enrolled
7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill amends provisions of Title 62A, Chapter 4a, Child and Family Services.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 . renames, clarifies, and modifies provisions related to in-home services for the
13 preservation of families; and
14 . provides that a parent may not file a petition for restoration of legal custody during
15 the existence of a permanent guardianship.
16 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
18 Other Special Clauses:
20 Utah Code Sections Affected:
22 62A-4a-103 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 75
23 62A-4a-105 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2013, Chapter 416
24 62A-4a-202 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2006, Chapter 75
25 78A-6-1103 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 208
27 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
28 Section 1. Section 62A-4a-103 is amended to read:
29 62A-4a-103. Division -- Creation -- Purpose.
30 (1) (a) There is created the Division of Child and Family Services within the
31 department, under the administration and general supervision of the executive director.
32 (b) The division is the child, youth, and family services authority of the state and has
33 all functions, powers, duties, rights, and responsibilities created in accordance with this
34 chapter, except those assumed by the department.
35 (2) (a) The primary purpose of the division is to provide child welfare services.
36 (b) The division shall, when possible and appropriate, provide [
38 protect the child from the trauma of separation from his family, protect the integrity of the
39 family, and the constitutional rights of parents. In keeping with its ultimate goal and purpose
40 of protecting children, however, when a child's welfare is endangered or reasonable efforts to
41 maintain or reunify a child with his family have failed, the division shall act in a timely fashion
42 in accordance with the requirements of this chapter and Title 78A, Chapter 6, Part 3, Abuse,
43 Neglect, and Dependency Proceedings, to provide the child with a stable, permanent
45 (3) The division shall also provide domestic violence services in accordance with
46 federal law.
47 Section 2. Section 62A-4a-105 is amended to read:
48 62A-4a-105. Division responsibilities.
49 (1) The division shall:
50 (a) administer services to minors and families, including:
51 (i) child welfare services;
52 (ii) domestic violence services; and
53 (iii) all other responsibilities that the Legislature or the executive director may assign
54 to the division;
55 (b) provide the following services:
56 (i) financial and other assistance to an individual adopting a child with special needs
57 under Part 9, Adoption Assistance, not to exceed the amount the division would provide for the
58 child as a legal ward of the state;
59 (ii) non-custodial and in-home [
60 (A) services designed to prevent family break-up; and
61 (B) family preservation services;
62 (iii) reunification services to families whose children are in substitute care in
63 accordance with the requirements of this chapter and Title 78A, Chapter 6, Juvenile Court Act
65 (iv) protective supervision of a family, upon court order, in an effort to eliminate abuse
66 or neglect of a child in that family;
67 (v) shelter care in accordance with the requirements of this chapter and Title 78A,
68 Chapter 6, Juvenile Court Act [
69 (vi) domestic violence services, in accordance with the requirements of federal law;
70 (vii) protective services to victims of domestic violence, as defined in Section 77-36-1 ,
71 and their children, in accordance with the provisions of this chapter and Title 78A, Chapter 6,
72 Part 3, Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency Proceedings;
73 (viii) substitute care for dependent, abused, neglected, and delinquent children;
74 (ix) programs and services for minors who have been placed in the custody of the
75 division for reasons other than abuse or neglect, under Section 62A-4a-250 ; and
76 (x) training for staff and providers involved in the administration and delivery of
77 services offered by the division in accordance with this chapter;
78 (c) establish standards for all:
79 (i) contract providers of out-of-home care for minors and families;
80 (ii) facilities that provide substitute care for dependent, abused, neglected, and
81 delinquent children placed in the custody of the division; and
82 (iii) direct or contract providers of domestic violence services described in Subsection
84 (d) have authority to:
85 (i) contract with a private, nonprofit organization to recruit and train foster care
86 families and child welfare volunteers in accordance with Section 62A-4a-107.5 ; and
87 (ii) approve facilities that meet the standards established under Subsection (1)(c) to
88 provide substitute care for dependent, abused, neglected, and delinquent children placed in the
89 custody of the division;
90 (e) cooperate with the federal government in the administration of child welfare and
91 domestic violence programs and other human service activities assigned by the department;
92 (f) in accordance with Subsection (2)(a), promote and enforce state and federal laws
93 enacted for the protection of abused, neglected, dependent, delinquent, ungovernable, and
94 runaway children, and status offenders, in accordance with the requirements of this chapter,
95 unless administration is expressly vested in another division or department of the state;
96 (g) cooperate with the Employment Development Division in the Department of
97 Workforce Services in meeting the social and economic needs of an individual who is eligible
98 for public assistance;
99 (h) compile relevant information, statistics, and reports on child and family service
100 matters in the state;
101 (i) prepare and submit to the department, the governor, and the Legislature reports of
102 the operation and administration of the division in accordance with the requirements of
103 Sections 62A-4a-117 and 62A-4a-118 ;
104 (j) provide social studies and reports for the juvenile court in accordance with Section
105 78A-6-605 ;
106 (k) within appropriations from the Legislature, provide or contract for a variety of
107 domestic violence services and treatment methods;
108 (l) ensure regular, periodic publication, including electronic publication, regarding the
109 number of children in the custody of the division who:
110 (i) have a permanency goal of adoption; or
111 (ii) have a final plan of termination of parental rights, pursuant to Section 78A-6-314 ,
112 and promote adoption of those children;
113 (m) subject to Subsection (2)(b), refer an individual receiving services from the
114 division to the local substance abuse authority or other private or public resource for a
115 court-ordered drug screening test; and
116 (n) perform other duties and functions required by law.
117 (2) (a) In carrying out the requirements of Subsection (1)(f), the division shall:
118 (i) cooperate with the juvenile courts, the Division of Juvenile Justice Services, and
119 with all public and private licensed child welfare agencies and institutions, to develop and
120 administer a broad range of services and support;
121 (ii) take the initiative in all matters involving the protection of abused or neglected
122 children, if adequate provisions have not been made or are not likely to be made; and
123 (iii) make expenditures necessary for the care and protection of the children described
124 in this Subsection (2)(a), within the division's budget.
125 (b) When an individual is referred to a local substance abuse authority or other private
126 or public resource for court-ordered drug screening under Subsection (1)(n), the court shall
127 order the individual to pay all costs of the tests unless:
128 (i) the cost of the drug screening is specifically funded or provided for by other federal
129 or state programs;
130 (ii) the individual is a participant in a drug court; or
131 (iii) the court finds that the individual is impecunious.
132 (3) Except to the extent provided by rule, the division is not responsible for
133 investigating domestic violence in the presence of a child, as described in Section 76-5-109.1 .
134 (4) The division may not require a parent who has a child in the custody of the division
135 to pay for some or all of the cost of any drug testing the parent is required to undergo.
136 Section 3. Section 62A-4a-202 is amended to read:
137 62A-4a-202. In-home services for the preservation of families.
138 (1) (a) Within appropriations from the Legislature and money obtained under
139 Subsection (5), the division shall provide [
141 whose health and safety is not immediately endangered, when:
142 (i) (A) the child is at risk of being removed from the home; or
143 (B) the family is in crisis; and
144 (ii) the division determines that it is reasonable and appropriate.
145 (b) In determining whether [
146 reasonable and appropriate, in keeping with the provisions of Subsection 62A-4a-201 (1) the
147 child's health, safety, and welfare shall be the paramount concern.
148 (c) The division shall consider whether the services described in Subsection (1)(b):
149 (i) will be effective within a six-month period; and
150 (ii) are likely to prevent continued abuse or [
151 (2) (a) The division shall maintain a statewide inventory of [
153 agencies or individuals for use by caseworkers.
154 (b) The inventory described in Subsection (2)(a) shall include:
155 (i) the method of accessing each service;
156 (ii) eligibility requirements for each service;
157 (iii) the geographic areas and the number of families that can be served by each
158 service; and
159 (iv) information regarding waiting lists for each service.
160 (3) (a) As [
161 the division shall provide [
162 and contact that[
163 needs of each individual family.
164 (b) As part of its in-home services, the division shall:
165 (i) provide customized assistance;
166 (ii) provide support or interventions that are tailored to the needs of the family;
167 (iii) discuss the family's needs with the parent;
168 (iv) discuss an assistance plan for the family with the parent; and
172 (C) services necessary to aid in the preservation of the family and a child's ability to
173 remain in the home.
174 (c) In-home services shall be, as practicable, [
175 family resides, using existing division staff.
176 (4) (a) The division may use specially trained caseworkers, private providers, or other
177 persons to provide the [
184 (b) The division shall allow a caseworker to be flexible in responding to the needs of
185 each individual family, including:
186 (i) limiting the number of families assigned; and
187 (ii) being available to respond to assigned families within 24 hours.
188 (5) To provide, expand, and improve the delivery of in-home services to prevent the
189 removal of children from their homes and promote the preservation of families, the division
190 shall make substantial effort to obtain funding, including:
191 (a) federal grants;
192 (b) federal waivers; and
193 (c) private money.
194 Section 4. Section 78A-6-1103 is amended to read:
195 78A-6-1103. Modification or termination of custody order or decree -- Grounds --
197 (1) A parent or guardian of any child whose legal custody has been transferred by the
198 court to an individual, agency, or institution, except a secure youth corrections facility, may
199 petition the court for restoration of custody or other modification or revocation of the court's
200 order, on the ground that a change of circumstances has occurred which requires such
201 modification or revocation in the best interest of the child or the public.
202 (2) The court shall make a preliminary investigation. If the court finds that the alleged
203 change of circumstances, if proved, would not affect the decree, it may dismiss the petition. If
204 the court finds that a further examination of the facts is needed, or if the court on its own
205 motion determines that the decree should be reviewed, it shall conduct a hearing. Notice shall
206 be given to all persons concerned. At the hearing, the court may enter an order continuing,
207 modifying, or terminating the decree.
208 (3) (a) A [
209 the parent's parental rights have been terminated in accordance with Part 5, Termination of
210 Parental Rights Act.
211 (b) A parent may not file a petition for restoration of custody under this section during
212 the existence of a permanent guardianship established for the child under Subsection
213 78A-6-117 (2)(y).
214 (4) An individual, agency, or institution vested with legal custody of a child may
215 petition the court for a modification of the custody order on the ground that the change is
216 necessary for the welfare of the child or in the public interest. The court shall proceed upon the
217 petition in accordance with Subsections (1) and (2).
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