PRIOR PRINTER'S NOS. 1302, 1914
PRINTER'S NO. 2089
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, R. MILLER AND BISHOP, APRIL 2, 2013
SENATOR VANCE, PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE, IN SENATE, AS AMENDED, JUNE 19, 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.
1ongoing basis for all children entering the child welfare
2system. This article is also intended to promote the use of
3kinship care when it is necessary to remove a child from the
4child's home in an effort to:
14Section 1302. Definitions.
18"Accept for service." Decide on the basis of the needs and
19problems of an individual to admit or receive the individual as
20a client of the county agency or as required by a court order
21entered under 42 Pa.C.S. Ch. 63 (relating to juvenile matters).
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1Section 4. The act is amended by adding sections to read:
2Section 1302.1. Family finding required.
3Family finding shall be conducted for a child when the child
4is accepted for services and at least annually thereafter, until
5the child's involvement with the county agency is terminated or
6the family finding is discontinued in accordance with section
8Section 1302.2. Discontinuance of family finding.
11(1) The child has been adjudicated dependent pursuant to
1242 Pa.C.S. Ch. 63 (relating to juvenile matters) and a court
13has made a specific determination that continued family
14finding no longer serves the best interests of the child or
15is a threat to the child's safety.
16(2) The child is not under the jurisdiction of a court
17and the county agency has determined that continued family
18finding is a threat to the child's safety. A determination
19that continued family finding is a threat to the child's
20safety must be based on credible information about a specific
21safety threat, and the county agency shall document the
22reasons for its determination.
4(2) the child is not under the jurisdiction of a court,
5and <-the county agency determines that resuming family finding
6serves the best interest of the child and does not pose a
7threat to the child's safety.
8Section 5. Within one year of the effective date of the
9amendment or addition of sections 1301, 1302, 1302.1 and 1302.2
10of the act, the Department of Public Welfare shall promulgate
11regulations providing for the requirements of county agencies.
12Section 6. This act shall take effect in 60 days.