Status Summary

Referred to the Judiciary committee on 1/11, but was not scheduled for a hearing, and therefore is dead. (updated 2/15)

Legislative Session

2018

Status

Died

Sponsor

Rep. Pettigrew

HB2663 gives the Department Of Social And Health Services the authority to purchase legal representation for kinship caregivers of children who are at risk of being dependent, or who are dependent, to establish or modify a parenting plan or secure orders establishing other relevant civil legal relationships authorized by law, when it is necessary for the child’s safety, permanence, or well-being.  

The bill does not create an entitlement to such services, nor does it create judicial authority to order the department to purchase legal services.  Further, the department is encouraged to work with the Office Of Civil Legal Aid and the Public Defense Parent Representation Program to develop a cost-effective system for providing effective civil legal representation for parents and kinship caregivers.