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Bill Detail: HB23-1027

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Title Parent And Child Family Time
Status Governor Signed (06/01/2023)
Bill Subjects
  • Children & Domestic Matters
House Sponsors M. Weissman (D)
J. Joseph (D)
Senate Sponsors F. Winter (D)
House Committee Judiciary
Senate Committee Judiciary
Date Introduced 01/09/2023

The bill defines family time, changes the term visitation to
family time in various places in statute, creates new requirements for
determinations in dependency and neglect court proceedings, and requires
the task force on high-quality family time (task force) to commission and
evaluate a state study. Specifically during a dependency and neglect
proceeding, the bill:
  • Requires county departments of human or social services
(county departments) to encourage maximum family time;
  • Allows the court and the state department of human
services (department) to rely on community resources,
foster parents, or relatives to provide transportation or
supervision for family time;
  • Creates a presumption that supervised family time is
supervised by relatives, kin, foster parents, or other
supports (supports) and occurs in the community. This
presumption can be rebutted if the health or safety of the
child is at risk or if these supports are unavailable or
unwilling to provide supervision.
  • Limits the court's ability to restrict or deny family time to
situations in which the child's safety or mental, physical, or
emotional health is at risk;
  • Requires the court to order family time in the least
restrictive setting;
  • Requires county departments to provide information to the
court about proposed family time and participation in
family time;
  • Requires family time to occur at least every 7 days unless
the child's safety or mental, physical, or emotional health is
at risk;
  • Prohibits the court or department from limiting family time
as a sanction for the parent's failure to comply with
court-ordered treatment plans so long as the child's safety
or mental, physical, or emotional health is not at risk;
  • Prohibits the court, department, parent, or support from
limiting family time as a sanction for the child's behavior
or as an incentive to improve the child's behavior; and
  • Gives the department the authority to promulgate rules to
implement the provisions.
The bill also:
  • Extends the task force by one year;
  • Requires the task force to commission and evaluate a
statewide study to identify the strengths and needs for
family time; identify growth areas; inventory funding
sources; and make recommendations; and
  • Requires a permanency hearing be held within 12 months
after a child enters foster care.

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