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Bill Detail: HB21-1101

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Title Preserving Family Relationships In Child Placement
Status Governor Signed (07/07/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Children & Domestic Matters
  • Human Services
House Sponsors K. Ransom (R)
Senate Sponsors J. Buckner (D)
House Committee Judiciary
Senate Committee State, Veterans and Military Affairs
Date Introduced 02/16/2021
Summary

With respect to a hearing in dependency and neglect for a child
under 6 years of age, the bill states that a court may find good cause for
granting a delay or continuance if there is evidence that in-person
visitation or services were significantly delayed or interrupted by a public
health emergency.
When a child is taken into the custody of a county department of

human or social services (county department) for allegations of neglect
or for other reasons, the bill requires the court to enter temporary
visitation orders with the child's parent if such orders are in the child's
best interests. The bill sets forth the contents of those orders, including
the minimum frequency and level of supervision of the visits. The court
shall order ongoing, in-person visitation unless it finds that in-person
visitation would endanger the child's health or welfare. Within 30 days
after the initial hearing, the county department shall make
recommendations to the court concerning ongoing visitation between the
parent and child and between the child and the child's siblings. A parent
is entitled to a hearing prior to an ongoing reduction in, suspension of, or
increase in the level of supervision, including a change from in-person
visitation to virtual visitation. The bill requires the court to enter visitation
orders consistent with the bill in various phases of the court proceedings.
The bill sets forth requirements for an open adoption in Colorado,
including provisions for entering into post-adoption contact agreements
between a child and the child's birth parent or parents, a birth relative, or
an Indian tribe if the child is a member. A post-adoption contact
agreement may include provisions for contact, visitation, or the exchange
of information. If a child is 12 years of age or older, the court shall not
order a post-adoption contact agreement unless the child consents to all
terms of the contact agreement. The bill includes provisions for the
enforcement, modification, and termination of a post-adoption contact
agreement.

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