SB 0348 Modifies procedures for the adoption of foster childern
LR Number:1465L.02T Fiscal Note:1465-02
Committee:Aging, Families and Mental Health
Last Action:07/06/01 - Signed by Governor Journal page:
Title:HCS SB 348
Effective Date:August 28, 2001
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HCS/SB 348 - This act modifies the adoption of foster children.

Current law outlines procedures for petitioning to adopt a child and states that the court shall not deny or delay the placement of a child when an approved family is available. New language adds a provision to expedite the placement of a child for adoption in cases in which the child is already under court custody. (Section 453.010).

Current law also gives permission to foster parents to apply for adoption if they have cared for a child for twelve months or longer. New language changes the twelve-month period to nine months. The court is currently required to conduct a hearing during the adoption of a child and to ascertain, among other things, that the child has been in custody of the petitioning adoptive parent for at least six months prior to entry of the decree. New language waives the six-month waiting period for children in court custody when the petitioner is a foster parent. (Sections 453.070 and 453.080)

Currently, Section 475.083, RSMo, outlines when a guardianship or conservatorship terminates. New language regarding termination by court order adds that a guardianship may be terminated if the court finds that a parent is fit, suitable, and able to assume guardianship duties and it is in the best interests of the minor.

Portions of this act are substantially similar to SB 44 (2001).