PRIOR PRINTER'S NOS. 3218, 3591

PRINTER'S NO.  3849

  

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA

  

HOUSE BILL

 

No.

2258

Session of

2010

  

  

INTRODUCED BY BRIGGS, PALLONE, BAKER, BELFANTI, BISHOP, BRADFORD, CALTAGIRONE, DALEY, FREEMAN, HALUSKA, HORNAMAN, HOUGHTON, JOSEPHS, KORTZ, McGEEHAN, MUNDY, SANTARSIERO, SIPTROTH, SWANGER, FLECK AND BARBIN, FEBRUARY 16, 2010

  

  

AS AMENDED ON THIRD CONSIDERATION, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, JUNE 7, 2010   

  

  

  

AN ACT

  

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Amending Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) of the

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Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in juvenile matters,  

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further providing for disposition of dependent child.

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The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

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hereby enacts as follows:

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Section 1.  Section 6351(b) of Title 42 of the Pennsylvania

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Consolidated Statutes is amended, subsection (f) is amended by

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adding paragraphs and the section is amended by adding a

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subsection to read:

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§ 6351.  Disposition of dependent child.

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(b)  Required preplacement findings.--Prior to entering any

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order of disposition under subsection (a) that would remove a

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dependent child from his home, the court shall enter findings on

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the record or in the order of court as follows:

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(1)  that continuation of the child in his home would be

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contrary to the welfare, safety or health of the child; and

 


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(2)  whether reasonable efforts were made prior to the

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placement of the child to prevent or eliminate the need for

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removal of the child from his home, if the child has remained

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in his home pending such disposition; or

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(3)  if preventive services were not offered due to the

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necessity for an emergency placement, whether such lack of

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services was reasonable under the circumstances; [or]

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(4)  if the court has previously determined pursuant to

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section 6332 (relating to informal hearing) that reasonable

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efforts were not made to prevent the initial removal of the

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child from his home, whether reasonable efforts are under way

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to make it possible for the child to return home[.]; or and

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(5)  if the child has a sibling who is subject to removal

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from his home, whether reasonable efforts were made prior to

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the placement of the child to place the siblings together or

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whether such joint placement is contrary to the safety or

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well-being of the child or sibling.

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The court shall not enter findings under paragraph (2), (3) or

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(4) if the court previously determined that aggravated

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circumstances exist and no new or additional reasonable efforts

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to prevent or eliminate the need for removing the child from the

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home or to preserve and reunify the family are required.

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(b.1)  Visitation for child and sibling.--If a sibling of a

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child has been removed from his home and is in a different

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placement setting than the child, the court shall enter an order

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that ensures visitation between the child and the child's

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sibling no less than twice a month, unless a finding is made

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that visitation is contrary to the safety or well-being of the

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child or sibling.

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(f)  Matters to be determined at permanency hearing.--At each

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permanency hearing, a court shall determine all of the

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following:

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(10)  If a sibling of a child has been removed from his

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home and is in a different placement setting than the child,

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whether reasonable efforts have been made to place the child

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and the sibling of the child together or whether such joint

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placement is contrary to the safety or well-being of the

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child or sibling.

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(11)  If the child has a sibling, whether visitation of

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the child with that sibling is occurring no less than twice a

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month, unless a finding is made that visitation is contrary

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to the safety or well-being of the child or sibling.

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Section 2.  This act shall take effect in 60 days.

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