Mahanís legislation expanding protections for vulnerable children now law

Mahanís legislation expanding protections for vulnerable children now law

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Thursday, June 13, 2019 3:22 pm

STATEHOUSE (June 13, 2019) — State Rep. Kevin Mahan’s (R-Hartford City) legislation helping improve outcomes for the foster care system was ceremonially signed into law today at the Statehouse by Gov. Eric Holcomb.

The new law aims to strengthen the Indiana Department of Child Services by prioritizing the best interests of vulnerable children, making changes to adoption consent and implementing foster parent intervention.

“There are over 9,000 children in Indiana’s foster care system,” Mahan said. “It is critical that we focus on making decisions that are in the best interest for each of these children. The new law helps achieve this goal by providing guidelines to place the child with the best possible home for their unique situation.”

Mahan said under the new law, those convicted of certain crimes, such as murder, rape and child molestation will not need to provide consent for their children to be adopted. DCS will also exercise due diligence to identify all adult relatives and adult siblings of the child who may be considered out-of-home placements.

Through this law, methods will be provided for foster parents or guardians to intervene in certain DCS cases, such as the termination of a parent-child relationship or a child in need of services.

Senate Enrolled Act 1 takes effect July 1, 2019.

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State Rep. Kevin Mahan (R-Hartford City) represents House District 31,

which includes all of Blackford County and portions of Delaware,

Grant and Wells counties.

 

PHOTO CAPTION: Gov. Eric Holcomb (seated, center right) ceremonially signs State Rep. Kevin Mahan’s (R-Hartford City) (standing, center) legislation into law helping improve outcomes for the foster care system Thursday, June 13, 2019, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. The new law, sponsored by Mahan, aims to strengthen the Indiana Department of Child Services by prioritizing the best interests of vulnerable children, making changes to adoption consent and implementing foster parent intervention. Senate Enrolled Act 1 takes effect July 1, 2019.