HCS/SB 205 - This act modifies provisions relating to foster children.
Under current law, if a youth under the age of 18 is released from the custody of the Children's Division within the Department of Social Services, the juvenile officer, the Children's Division or the youth may petition the court to return to the custody of the Children's Division if it appears it would be in the youth's best interest. This act raises the age limit from 18 to 21.
This provision is substantially similar to SB 208 (2013) and HB 507 (2013).
Beginning July 1, 2014, children 15 years of age or older who are in the foster care system or the Division of Youth Services program within the Children's Division of the Department of Social Services shall receive a visit to a state university, community or technical college, or an armed services recruiter before being adopted or terminated by foster care or completing the division's custody or training. The visit shall include an entry application process, financial support application and availability, career options with academic or technical training, a campus tour, and other information and experience desired by the child. The visit shall not be required if waived by the youth's family support or treatment team.
If requested and documented by agencies providing foster care case management services for foster children, such agencies shall receive reimbursement by the Department of Social Services for costs associated with such visits.
This provision is substantially similar to HB 515 (2013), HB 721 (2013) and HB 1267 (2012).