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  1  1                                           HOUSE FILE 2518
  1  2  
  1  3                             AN ACT
  1  4 RELATING TO CHILD FOSTER CARE AND ADOPTION REQUIREMENTS
  1  5    INVOLVING LICENSING PERIODS, FOSTER PARENT TRAINING, AND
  1  6    ANNUAL REPORTS.  
  1  7 
  1  8 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA:
  1  9 
  1 10    Section 1.  Section 237.3, subsection 2, paragraph f,
  1 11 unnumbered paragraph 1, Code Supplement 2001, is amended to
  1 12 read as follows:
  1 13    Housing, health, safety, and medical care policies for
  1 14 children receiving child foster care.  The medical care
  1 15 policies shall include but are not limited to both all of the
  1 16 following:
  1 17    Sec. 2.  Section 237.3, subsection 2, paragraph f, Code
  1 18 Supplement 2001, is amended by adding the following new
  1 19 subparagraph as subparagraph (1) and renumbering the existing
  1 20 subparagraphs:
  1 21    NEW SUBPARAGRAPH.  (1)  Provision by the department to the
  1 22 foster care provider at or before the time of a child's
  1 23 placement of the child's health records and any other
  1 24 information possessed or known about the health of the child
  1 25 or about a member of the child's family that pertains to the
  1 26 child's health.
  1 27    Sec. 3.  Section 237.5, subsection 1, Code 2001, is amended
  1 28 to read as follows:
  1 29    1.  An individual or an agency shall apply for a license by
  1 30 completing an application to the administrator upon forms
  1 31 furnished by the administrator.  The administrator shall issue
  1 32 or reissue a license if the administrator determines that the
  1 33 applicant or licensee is or upon commencing operation will
  1 34 provide child foster care in compliance with this chapter.  A
  1 35 license for an individual is valid for one year from the date
  2  1 of issuance.  A license for an agency is valid for up to three
  2  2 years from the date of issuance for the period determined by
  2  3 the administrator in accordance with administrative rules
  2  4 providing criteria for making the determination.  The license
  2  5 shall state on its face the name of the licensee, the type of
  2  6 facility, the particular premises for which the license is
  2  7 issued, and the number of children who may be cared for by the
  2  8 facility on the premises at one time.  The license shall be
  2  9 posted in a conspicuous place in the physical plant of the
  2 10 facility, except that if the facility is in a single-family
  2 11 home the license may be kept where it is readily available for
  2 12 examination upon request.
  2 13    Sec. 4.  Section 237.5A, Code 2001, is amended to read as
  2 14 follows:
  2 15    237.5A  FOSTER PARENT TRAINING.
  2 16    As a condition for initial licensure, each individual
  2 17 licensee shall complete twelve thirty hours of foster parent
  2 18 training offered or approved by the department.  Prior to
  2 19 annual renewal of licensure, each individual licensee shall
  2 20 also complete six hours of foster parent training.  The
  2 21 training shall include but is not limited to physical care,
  2 22 education, learning disabilities, referral to and receipt of
  2 23 necessary professional services, behavioral assessment and
  2 24 modification, self-assessment, self-living skills, and
  2 25 biological parent contact.  An individual licensee may
  2 26 complete the training as part of an approved training program
  2 27 offered by a public or private agency with expertise in the
  2 28 provision of child foster care or in related subject areas.
  2 29 The department shall adopt rules to implement and enforce this
  2 30 training requirement.
  2 31    Sec. 5.  Section 238.3, Code 2001, is amended to read as
  2 32 follows:
  2 33    238.3  POWER AUTHORITY TO LICENSE.
  2 34    The administrator is hereby empowered to may grant a
  2 35 license under this chapter for one year the period specified
  3  1 in section 238.9 for the conduct of any child-placing agency
  3  2 that is for the public good, and is conducted by a reputable
  3  3 and responsible person in this state.
  3  4    Sec. 6.  Section 238.9, Code 2001, is amended to read as
  3  5 follows:
  3  6    238.9  TENURE TERM OF LICENSE.
  3  7    Licenses A license granted under this chapter shall be
  3  8 valid for one year three years from the date of issuance
  3  9 thereof unless the license is revoked in accordance with the
  3 10 provisions hereof section 238.10.
  3 11    Sec. 7.  Section 238.24, Code 2001, is amended to read as
  3 12 follows:
  3 13    238.24  INFORMATION CONFIDENTIAL.
  3 14    1.  No individual Except as authorized by this section, a
  3 15 person who acquires through the operation of the provisions of
  3 16 sections 238.17 to 238.23, inclusive, under this chapter or
  3 17 from the records provided for in this chapter, information
  3 18 relative to any agency or relative to any person individual
  3 19 cared for by such the agency or relative to any relative of
  3 20 any such person the individual, shall not directly or
  3 21 indirectly disclose such the information except.
  3 22    2.  Disclosure of information acquired under this chapter
  3 23 or from the records provided for in this chapter is authorized
  3 24 under any of the following circumstances:
  3 25    a.   upon Disclosure made upon inquiry before a court of
  3 26 law, or before some other tribunal, or for the information of
  3 27 the governor, general assembly, medical examiners,
  3 28 administrator, Iowa department of public health, or the local
  3 29 board of health in the jurisdiction where such the agency is
  3 30 located.
  3 31    b.  Nothing herein shall prohibit the Disclosure may be
  3 32 made by the administrator from disclosing such facts to such
  3 33 to proper persons as may be in the interest of a child cared
  3 34 for by such the agency or in the interest of the child's
  3 35 parents or foster parents and not inimical to the child, or as
  4  1 may be necessary to protect the interests of the child's
  4  2 prospective foster parents.  However, disclosure of
  4  3 termination and adoption records shall be governed by the
  4  4 provisions of sections 600.16 and 600.16A.
  4  5    c.  Nothing herein shall prohibit the Disclosure for
  4  6 purposes of statistical analysis performed by duly authorized
  4  7 persons of data collected by virtue of under this chapter or
  4  8 the publication of the results of such analysis in such manner
  4  9 as will not disclose confidential information.
  4 10    Sec. 8.  Section 238.23, Code 2001, is repealed.  
  4 11 
  4 12 
  4 13                                                             
  4 14                               BRENT SIEGRIST
  4 15                               Speaker of the House
  4 16 
  4 17 
  4 18                                                             
  4 19                               MARY E. KRAMER
  4 20                               President of the Senate
  4 21 
  4 22    I hereby certify that this bill originated in the House and
  4 23 is known as House File 2518, Seventy-ninth General Assembly.
  4 24 
  4 25 
  4 26                                                             
  4 27                               MARGARET THOMSON
  4 28                               Chief Clerk of the House
  4 29 Approved                , 2002
  4 30 
  4 31 
  4 32                            
  4 33 THOMAS J. VILSACK
  4 34 Governor
     

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