PRINTER'S NO. 1302
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
INTRODUCED BY MOUL, CALTAGIRONE, DAVIS, HENNESSEY, COHEN, KORTZ, C. HARRIS, D. COSTA, PICKETT, MUNDY, HESS, GINGRICH, QUINN, WATSON, DAVIDSON, SAYLOR, FABRIZIO, MURT, EVERETT, GROVE AND MILLER, APRIL 2, 2013
REFERRED TO COMMITEE ON HUMAN SERVICES, APRIL 2, 2013
1Amending the act of June 13, 1967 (P.L.31, No.21), entitled "An
2act to consolidate, editorially revise, and codify the public
3welfare laws of the Commonwealth," in kinship care, further
4providing for scope and for definitions; and providing for
12FAMILY FINDING AND KINSHIP CARE
15Section 1301. [Scope] Legislative intent.
13Section 1302. Definitions.
17"Accept for service." Decide on the basis of the needs and
18problems of an individual to admit or receive the individual as
19a client of the county agency or as required by a court order
20entered under 42 Pa.C.S. Ch. 63 (relating to juvenile matters).
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30Section 4. The act is amended by adding sections to read:
1Section 1302.1. Family finding required.
2Family finding shall be conducted for a child when the child
3is accepted for services and at least annually thereafter, until
4the child's involvement with the county agency is terminated or
5the family finding is discontinued in accordance with section
7Section 1302.2. Discontinuance of family finding.
10(1) The child has been adjudicated dependent pursuant to
1142 Pa.C.S. Ch. 63 (relating to juvenile matters) and a court
12has made a specific determination that continued family
13finding no longer serves the best interests of the child or
14is a threat to the child's safety.
15(2) The child is not under the jurisdiction of a court
16and the county agency has determined that continued family
17finding is a threat to the child's safety. A determination
18that continued family finding is a threat to the child's
19safety must be based on credible information about a specific
20safety threat, and the county agency shall document the
21reasons for its determination.
25(b) Resuming family finding.--Notwithstanding the provisions
26of subsection (a), a county agency shall resume family finding
27for a child if resuming family finding serves the best interest
28of the child and does not pose a threat to the child's safety.
3Section 6. This act shall take effect in 60 days.