Fostering Connections Resource Center

Kinship Notification and Sibling Placement

Bill: SB 339, Chap. 160; Status: Enacted

Summary: Requires the court, at the emergency custody hearing of the child, to mandate the parent, legal guardian, or custodian to list all parents and relatives as potential placements for the child. Requires the Department to exercise due diligence to identify all relatives of the child and notify them that the child has been removed from their parent's custody and alert them to the requirements to becoming a potential foster care provider for the child. Requires the Department to make reasonable efforts to place any siblings in state custody together.

Sponsored by Senator Anderson