HB 2067 specifies qualified grandparents as the priority placement for children in need of out-of-home care in dependency proceedings. A “qualified grandparent” is defined as the parent of a child’s mother or father, who is related to the child by blood, adoption, or marriage., has a significant relationship with the child, has performed parenting functions, and is willing and able to be the selected placement option . A number of factors are identified that would be used to determine whether placement with the qualified grandparent is in the child’s best interest, including (but not limited to): the child’s preference if he/she is of sufficient age or maturity; such placement will allow the child to remain in the same school, child care center, early learning program, or continue extracurricular activities that contribute to the child’s healthy development with peers.; the love, affection, and strenthof the relationship between the child and the grandparent; the length and quality of the relationship, including the roles performed by the grandparent and the emotional ties between the child and the grandparent; and the grandparent’s history of any adverse actions, including findings relating to child abuse and neglect.
HB 2067 was referred to the Early Learning and Human Services Committee but has not yet been scheduled for a hearing. Therefore the bill is dead.