Bipartisan DFACS Reform

This sounds like a fine plan to me.

It’s sponsored by Nancy Schaefer, John Douglas, Robert Brown, and others. Basically, it requires immediacy in an emergency for DFACS to take a child from a home, only allows them to keep the child for 72 hours (as opposed to the present 7 days) without a court order, and requires that DFACS first try to find appropriate family members to place a child with instead of immediately opting for foster care.

Also notable, the law would be changed to make sure a child can be removed from a home if a parent has murdered the other parent, not just waiting for a conviction of that murder.

Interestingly though, the law gets rid of a provision allowing DFACS to remove a child if the parent has had his/her rights to another child involuntarily terminated. That sounds like a perplexing change at first, but come to think of it, I know situations where this would have been a good thing.

3 comments

  1. Chris says:

    Also notable, the law would be changed to make sure a child can be removed from a home if a parent has murdered the other parent, not just waiting for a conviction of that murder.

    shouldn’t that be:
    if a parent has been accused of murdering the other parent

  2. Icarus says:

    I’m no social worker, despite what you might think from my usually benevolent posts.

    I am, however, concerned with the idea of placing the child with an “appropriate family member”.

    It would seem that if there is a situation that warrants the state removing a child from his/her parent, then moving the child down the street to a family member doesn’t really remove the child from the threat. It quite possibly leaves the parent with access to the child, as well as stress caused as the parent and this family member will probably have confrontation if the family member tries to do what is right and keep the parent from the child.

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