Status Summary

First reading, referred to Human Services & Early Learning on 1.20.2020. Public hearing in the House Committee on Human Services & Early Learning on 1.29.2020. Executive session scheduled, but no action taken in the House Committee on Human Services & Early Learning on 2.5.2020. Executive action taken in the House Committee on Human Services & Early Learning on 2.7.2020; 1st substitute bill passed and referred to Rules 2 Review. Rules Committee relieved of further consideration. Placed on second reading on 2.12.2020. 1st substitute bill heard and passed in the House (86-11) on 2.13.2020. IN THE SENATE: First reading, referred to Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation on 2.17.2020. Public hearing and executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation on 2.26.2020; majority pass. Passed to Rules Committee for second reading on 2.28.2020.(updated 3.13.2020) 

Legislative Session

2020

Status

In Progress

Sponsor

Rep. Ortiz-Self

The legislature shall rename “foster parents” to “foster resource parents” in order to reinforce the department’s primary goal of family reunification.

The preservice training for foster resource parents must not include any formal training regarding foster resource parenting as a process that could lead to the adoption of the child. Instead, the training must demonstrate that foster resource parenting is temporary, with the goals of keeping the child(ren) safe, promoting reunification. 

Amendments: 

Summary of Substitute Bill:

Requires the Department of Children, Youth, and Families to convene a meeting or meetings with stakeholders, including birth parents and foster parents, to discuss changing the term "foster parent" and provide a report to the Legislature and the Governor regarding these meetings and recommendations regarding continued use of that terminology or using different terminology.

Requires that foster parent pre-service training demonstrate that foster resource parenting is temporary in nature with the goal of maintaining the safety of the child, promoting reunification, and promoting permanency for the child.