Action needed on CPS reform bills in committee at 9:00 am on Monday, April 17, in room E2.030
In the current legislative session, there is the most curious — and I say dangerous and ludicrous — bill. HB205 among other things – requires that before a court may order a parent to participate in services or permit the child to receive services provided by the Department, the court MUST conduct a trial, and the Dept. must prove by clear and convincing evidence that the parent abused or neglected the child or is likely to do so in the immediate or foreseeable future. The bill also requires the court to appoint an attorney for the parent without reference to a finding of indigency.
If you want to keep the CPS system from getting into even more trouble, please check out the committee meetings and register your feelings.