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Bill Detail: HB23-1043

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Title Emergency And Continued Placement With Relative Or Kin
Status Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services (01/31/2023)
Bill Subjects
  • Children & Domestic Matters
  • Human Services
House Sponsors M. Lindsay (D)
R. Pugliese (R)
Senate Sponsors J. Ginal (D)
J. Rich (R)
House Committee Public and Behavioral Health & Human Services
Senate Committee Health and Human Services
Date Introduced 01/09/2023
Summary

The bill clarifies the procedures for emergency and nonemergency
continuing placement of a child or youth that a county department of
human or social services (county department) or a local law enforcement
agency (law enforcement) with custody of the child or youth shall follow
before making the emergency or nonemergency continuing placement of
a child or youth with a relative or kin.
For emergency placements, the county department or law
enforcement shall perform an initial criminal history record check (initial
check) on the relative or kin and any adult who resides at the home
(adults) using Colorado and federal databases. If the initial check reveals
certain criminal convictions, the county department or law enforcement
shall not place the child or youth in that home on an emergency basis. If
the initial check does not reflect certain criminal convictions on the part
of the adults, the child or youth may be placed in the home on an
emergency basis.
If the child or youth has been placed with a relative or kin on an
emergency basis, the adults shall, no more than 5 days after the
placement, submit a complete set of fingerprints to the county department
or another designated third party to conduct a state and national
fingerprint-based criminal history record check. If the results of the
fingerprint-based criminal history record check reveal a felony
conviction, the child or youth must be immediately removed from the
placement unless there is a motion regarding placement pending before
the court. A court may review the placement and affirm or deny
placement of the child or youth with the relative or kin.
The bill sets forth the criminal offenses or other matters that
qualify for the denial of placement of a child or youth with the relative or
kin.
A county department may make a placement with a relative or kin
who would otherwise be disqualified if such placement conforms with
rules promulgated by the state board of human services or if a court
affirms the placement.
The state board of human services is granted authority to
promulgate rules concerning emergency and nonemergency, continuing
placement of children and youth with relatives or kin.

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