Missouri State Senate


SB 530 - This act modifies the termination of parental rights provisions by adding to the circumstances under which a parent is considered unfit to be a party to the parent and child relationship because of a consistent pattern of committing a specific abuse.

The new circumstances are:

- If, while a child is in utero or within 8 hours after a child's birth, either the child's birth mother or the child has tested positive for cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamine. In these instances, the mother shall be presumed to be unfit to be a party to the parent and child relationship;

- If, within a three-year period immediately prior to termination adjudication, the parent has pled guilty to or has been convicted of a felony involving the possession, manufacture or sale of cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamine.