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SB 299 Kinship foster care placements; Commissioner of Social Services may grant variance from requirement.

Introduced by: Janet D. Howell | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

SUMMARY AS PASSED: (all summaries)

Kinship foster care placements.  Provides that the Commissioner of Social Services may grant a variance from requirements governing approval of foster care placements and may approve a kinship foster care provider when he determines (i) the requirement would impose a hardship on the kinship foster care provider and (ii) the variance will not adversely affect the safety and well-being of the child. The bill also provides that a local board of social services or child-placing agency may approve an application for approval as a kinship foster care provider when the applicant has been convicted of a felony related to the possession of drugs other than felony offenses related to possession with the intent to distribute drugs, a misdemeanor conviction for arson, or an equivalent offense in anther state, provided 10 years have elapsed since the date of the conviction and the local board or child-placing agency makes a specific finding that the placement would not endanger the safety or well-being of the child.


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