Senate File 85 - IntroducedA Bill ForAn Act 1establishing an interim study committee relating to
2child welfare.
3BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA:
1   Section 1.  LEGISLATIVE INTERIM STUDY COMMITTEE — CHILD
2WELFARE.
   31.  The legislative council is requested to establish an
4interim study committee to comprehensively review and evaluate
5the state’s child welfare system.
   62.  The committee shall solicit and receive information from
7agencies and entities including but not limited to all of the
8following:
   9a.  The department of human services.
   10b.  The judicial branch.
   11c.  The department of education.
   12d.  The recruitment, retention and training, and support
13contractors.
   14e.  Law enforcement agencies.
   15f.  A nonprofit adoption agency.
   163.  The interim committee’s evaluation and review shall
17include but is not limited to a review of the protocols and
18practices relating to the child abuse reporting, investigation,
19and assessment process; the education and training of foster
20parents and adoptive parents; the grounds for termination of
21parental rights in relation to child abuse and neglect; the
22roles of and relationship between the judicial branch, juvenile
23court officers, schools, and the department of human services
24in relation to child abuse; and the outsourcing of services
25provided by the department of human services in relation to the
26child welfare system.
   274.  The interim committee shall meet during the 2019
28legislative interim and shall submit a report, including
29findings and recommendations, to the governor and the general
30assembly by December 21, 2019.
31EXPLANATION
32The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with
33the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly.
   34This bill requests the legislative council to establish an
35interim study committee for the 2019 legislative interim. The
-1-1bill requires the study committee to comprehensively evaluate
2the child abuse reporting, investigation, and assessment
3process; the education and training of foster parents and
4adoptive parents; the grounds for termination of parental
5rights in relation to child abuse and neglect; the roles and
6relationship between the judicial branch, juvenile court
7officers, schools, and the department of human services in
8relation to child abuse; and the outsourcing of services
9provided by the department of human services in relation to the
10child welfare system.
   11The bill provides that the committee shall solicit and
12receive information from agencies and entities including but
13not limited to the department of human services; the judicial
14branch; the department of education; the recruitment, retention
15and training, and support contractors; law enforcement
16agencies; and a nonprofit adoption agency. The bill requires
17the committee to submit a report, including findings and
18recommendations, to the governor and general assembly by
19December 21, 2019.
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