HB 2140 removes the expiration of two good cause exceptions for the court not to order the Department of Social and Health Services to file a petition seeking the termination of parental rights if a child has been in out-of-home care for 15 of the last 22 months since the date a dependency petition was filed. The 2 good cause exceptions apply to circumstances where:
- A parent has been accepted into a dependency treatment court program or long-term substance abuse or dual diagnoses treatment program and is demonstrating compliance with treatment goals; and
- A parent who has been court ordered to complete services necessary for the child's safe return home files a declaration under penalty of perjury stating the parent's financial inability to pay for the services and that the DSHS was unwilling or unable to pay for those services.
As amended by the Early Learning and Human Services Committee: The amendment adds the following language (in honor of the late Rep. Freeman who sponsored the bill in 2013): This act may be known and cited as the Roger Freeman act.