Governor and Senate: Funding is provided to reimburse the Attorney General's Office (AGO) to meet current and future parental rights termination caseload demands. The funding will be used to increase staffing at the AGO in order to manage an anticipated 50 percent increase in termination and adoption cases.
Final: One-time funding is provided for additional legal services from the Attorney General's Office (AGO). A one-time 50 percent increase in cases involving termination of parental rights is expected as part of the Department's efforts to establish permanent living situations for dependent children who cannot safely reunify with their families. The AGO will bill the Department for 12 temporary FTEs to manage the expected increase in parental termination cases.