Status Summary

HB 1800 reverted back to House Rules since it did not come up on the concurrence calendar during the regular session and did not come up for consideration during the 1st special session.

Legislative Session

2015

Sponsor

Rep. Hargrove

HB 1800 amends existing statute related to filing petitions for termination of parental rights by directing the court to order that a petition seeking termination of parental rights be filed in cases where the child has been in out of home care for at least 12 months following the filing of a dependency petition, and the parents have been noncompliant with court-ordered services and have made no progress towards correcting parental deficiencies, unless the court makes a good cause exception based on factors currently described in law (RCW13.34.145).

House Committee amendment: As amended, the bill replaces the requirement that parents have been noncompliant and have made no progress toward correcting parental deficiencies with a requirement that the parent has had no contact with the DSHS or any service providers for purposes of the court ordering the DSHS to file a termination petition after a child has been in out-of-home care for 12 consecutive months.

As amended by the Senate Human Services, Mental Health & Housing Committee: Parents are provided notice at the time of a dependency filing through the summons that if the court finds the child to be a dependent and the parents have no contact with DSHS or any service providers identified in DSHS' case plan, the court must order a petition to be filed seeking termination of the parent and child relationship if the child remains in out-of-home care for at least 12 consecutive months following the filing of this dependency petition, unless the court makes a good cause exception based on the factors described in RCW 13.34.145.

As amended on the Senate floor: 

  1. Requires that parents will be provided notice at the time of a dependency filing through the summons that if the court finds the child to be a dependent and the parents have no contact with DSHS or any service providers identified in DSHS's case plan, the court shall order that a petition seeking termination of the parent and child relationship be filed if the child remains in out-of-home care for at least twelve consecutive months following the filing of this dependency petition, unless the court makes a good cause exception based on the factors described in RCW 13.34.145. 
  2. Adds whether preference has been given to placement with the child's biological family, including grandparents, if such placement is in the child's best interests, to the list of the factors the court shall establish in writing if a child is not returned home. 
  3. States that if a child is placed in nonrelative care, at each hearing, the Court is to review DSHS's efforts to place the child with a relative. If a relative is found but determined not to be in the child's best interest, the Court is to establish in writing why such a placement is not in the child's best interest.