Visit to The General Assembly 2/27/12

I had a unique opportunity to spend time in Richmond at The General Assembly, and observe the Senate proceedings. Some processes are much faster than others. I was awaiting the bills on contracts and teacher evaluations; however the Senate had much to say about a bill requiring a second I.D. when voting. Most interesting today was what I learned about the history and implications of the kinship bill and it’s implications on school systems.

SB 299 Kinship foster care placements; Commissioner of Social Services may grant variance from requirement.
Introduced by: Janet D. Howell | all patrons

Kinship foster care placements. Provides that the Commissioner of Social Services may grant a variance from requirements governing approval of foster care placements and may approve an arrangement for kinship foster care or a kinship foster care provider when he determines (i) the requirement would impose a hardship on the kinship foster care provider, and (ii) the variance will not adversely affect the safety and well-being of the child. The bill also provides that a local board of social services or child-placing agency may approve an application for approval as an arrangement for kinship care or a kinship foster care provider when the applicant has been convicted of a felony related to the possession of drugs other than felony offenses related to possession with the intent to distribute drugs, a misdemeanor conviction for arson, or an equivalent offense in another state, provided 10 years have elapsed since the date of the conviction and the local board or child-placing agency makes a specific finding that the placement would not endanger the safety or well-being of the child.


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