senate Bill S247A

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Relates to the provision of information on post-adoption services to adoptive parents

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Vetoed by Governor
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  • 05 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
  • 07 / Jun / 2011
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 07 / Jun / 2011
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO FINANCE
  • 07 / Jun / 2011
    • PRINT NUMBER 247A
  • 21 / Jun / 2011
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 21 / Jun / 2011
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1444
  • 21 / Jun / 2011
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 21 / Jun / 2011
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 21 / Jun / 2011
    • REFERRED TO WAYS AND MEANS
  • 22 / Jun / 2011
    • SUBSTITUTED FOR A1167
  • 22 / Jun / 2011
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.305
  • 22 / Jun / 2011
    • PASSED ASSEMBLY
  • 22 / Jun / 2011
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 05 / Aug / 2011
    • DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • 17 / Aug / 2011
    • VETOED MEMO.40

Summary

Relates to the provision of information on post-adoption services to adoptive parents.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1167
Versions:
S247
S247A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Law Section:
Social Services Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §372-b, Soc Serv L; amd §§112 & 115, Dom Rel L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S8132A, A11175

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S247A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the social services law and the domestic relations law, in
relation to the provision of information on post-adoption services to
adoptive parents

GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
The purpose of this bill is to notify adoptive
parents of available local and regional post adoption services.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill would require
social services districts to create and keep current a resource guide
of available post-adoption services to be given to the family court.
The family court would then be required to provide this resource
guide to adoptive parents during or prior to the final adoption
proceedings.

Section 2 of the bill adds a new subdivision 9 to Section 112 of the
Domestic Relation Law requiring that the presiding judge or surrogate
ensures that the adoptive parent receives the post adoptive resource
guide.

Section 3 of the bill adds a new subdivision 14 of Section 115 of the
domestic relation law requiring that the presiding judge or surrogate
ensures that the adoptive parent receives the post adoption resource
guide.

Section 4 of the bill states enactment 90 days after this bill becomes
law.

JUSTIFICATION:
Post adoption services have gained recognition for the
successful outcomes they can have in ensuring adoptions last. It is
important that families adopting children from foster care or private
adoption agencies receive information on available post-adoption
services. Services such as respite, family counseling and mental
health treatment help maintain permanency for families who face
challenges after an adoption.
Often, challenges among adoptive families may not emerge until
sometime after the adoption is completed, when the family no longer
interacts with the local social services districts or Family Court.
It is therefore essential that parents receive information on
available services prior to the conclusion of the adoption
proceedings. Such information would increase access to essential
services and help to prevent disruption in adoptive families.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2010: S.8132-A -- Passed Senate

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:
To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:


90 days following the enactment.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 247--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  MONTGOMERY  -- read twice and ordered printed, and
  when printed to be committed to the Committee on Children and Families
  -- reported favorably from said committee and committed to the Commit-
  tee  on  Finance  --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,   ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT to amend the social services law and the domestic relations law,
  in relation to the provision of information on post-adoption  services
  to adoptive parents

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Section 372-b of the social  services  law  is  amended  by
adding a new subdivision 4 to read as follows:
   4.  A.  EACH  LOCAL  SOCIAL  SERVICES  DISTRICT SHALL CREATE AND KEEP
CURRENT A RESOURCE GUIDE DESCRIBING AVAILABLE LOCAL, AND TO  THE  EXTENT
PRACTICABLE,  REGIONAL POST-ADOPTION SERVICES, WHETHER PROVIDED DIRECTLY
BY THE DISTRICT OR BY A NON-GOVERNMENTAL ENTITY, INCLUDING A DESCRIPTION
OF SERVICES,  LOCATION  AND  CONTACT  INFORMATION  FOR  EACH  APPLICABLE
SERVICE  PROVIDER, NOTING THAT THE DISTRICT IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR COSTS
THAT THEY WOULD NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDE. SUCH SERVICES  MAY  INCLUDE,  BUT
SHALL  NOT  BE  LIMITED  TO, RESPITE, COUNSELING, MENTAL HEALTH, SUPPORT
GROUPS AND OTHER SERVICES THE DISTRICT DEEMS  APPROPRIATE  IN  ORDER  TO
FOSTER AND MAINTAIN PERMANENCY. SUCH RESOURCE GUIDE SHALL BE PROVIDED TO
ADOPTIVE PARENTS IN THE APPLICABLE FAMILY COURT DURING, OR PRIOR TO, THE
FINAL ADOPTION PROCEEDING.
  B.  THE  RESOURCE GUIDE SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE FAMILY COURT BY
MEANS INCLUDED BUT NOT LIMITED TO E-MAIL, FAX, OR HARD  COPY  SO  AS  TO
GUARANTEE THAT THE FAMILY COURT WILL HAVE CONTINUED ACCESS TO SUCH DOCU-
MENT AND THE FINALIZATION OF THE ADOPTION WILL NOT BE IMPEDED.
  S  2. Section 112 of the domestic relations law is amended by adding a
new subdivision 9 to read as follows:

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01552-04-1

S. 247--A                           2

  9. THE RULES OF THE COURT SHALL REQUIRE THAT PRIOR TO THE GRANTING  OF
THE  ORDER  OF  ADOPTION,  THE PRESIDING JUDGE OR SURROGATE SHALL ENSURE
THAT THE ADOPTIVE PARENT OR PARENTS HAVE  RECEIVED  INFORMATION  ON  THE
AVAILABILITY  AND  LOCATION OF POST-ADOPTION SERVICES IN ACCORDANCE WITH
SECTION THREE HUNDRED SEVENTY-TWO-B OF THE SOCIAL SERVICES LAW.  FAILURE
TO  PROVIDE  THE RESOURCE GUIDE SHALL NOT DELAY THE PROCEEDING OR AFFECT
THE VALIDITY OF THE ADOPTION.
  S 3. Section 115 of the domestic relations law is amended by adding  a
new subdivision 14 to read as follows:
  14. THE RULES OF THE COURT SHALL REQUIRE THAT PRIOR TO THE GRANTING OF
THE  ORDER  OF  ADOPTION,  THE PRESIDING JUDGE OR SURROGATE SHALL ENSURE
THAT THE ADOPTIVE PARENT OR PARENTS HAVE  RECEIVED  INFORMATION  ON  THE
AVAILABILITY  AND  LOCATION OF POST-ADOPTION SERVICES IN ACCORDANCE WITH
SECTION THREE HUNDRED SEVENTY-TWO-B OF THE SOCIAL SERVICES LAW.  FAILURE
TO PROVIDE THE RESOURCE GUIDE SHALL NOT DELAY THE PROCEEDING  OR  AFFECT
THE VALIDITY OF THE ADOPTION.
  S  4.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
have become a law.

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