senate Bill S247A

2011-2012 Legislative Session

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

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Aug 17, 2011 vetoed memo.40
Aug 05, 2011 delivered to governor
Jun 22, 2011 returned to senate
passed assembly
ordered to third reading cal.305
substituted for a1167
Jun 21, 2011 referred to ways and means
delivered to assembly
passed senate
ordered to third reading cal.1444
committee discharged and committed to rules
Jun 07, 2011 print number 247a
amend and recommit to finance
Jun 07, 2011 reported and committed to finance
Jan 05, 2011 referred to children and families

Votes

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Jun 21, 2011 - Rules committee Vote

S247A
24
0
committee
24
Aye
0
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Jun 7, 2011 - Children and Families committee Vote

S247
6
0
committee
6
Aye
0
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Committee Vote: Jun 7, 2011

Bill Amendments

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S247 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1167
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 Session:
S8132A, A11175

S247 - Bill Texts

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

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BILL NUMBER:S247

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

                       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

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. The social services law is amended by adding a new section
372-h to read as follows:
  S 372-H. POST-ADOPTION SERVICES. 1. EACH LOCAL SERVICES DISTRICT SHALL
CREATE AND KEEP CURRENT A RESOURCE GUIDE DESCRIBING AVAILABLE LOCAL, AND
TO THE EXTENT PRACTICABLE, REGIONAL POST-ADOPTION SERVICES.
  2. SUCH RESOURCE GUIDE SHALL INCLUDE:
  (A) A LIST OF SERVICES THE DISTRICT  DEEMS  APPROPRIATE  IN  ORDER  TO
FOSTER AND MAINTAIN PERMANENCY OF CHILDREN FOLLOWING ADOPTION INCLUDING,
BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
  (I) RESPITE SERVICES FOR FAMILIES FOLLOWING ADOPTION;
  (II)  COUNSELING  AND  MENTAL  HEALTH  SERVICES FOR FAMILIES FOLLOWING
ADOPTION; AND
  (III) POST-ADOPTION SUPPORT GROUPS.
  (B) LOCATION AND CONTACT INFORMATION FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS  LISTED  IN
THE RESOURCE GUIDE, IF SUCH INFORMATION IS KNOWN.
  (C) A NOTICE PROVIDING THAT THE DISTRICT IS NOT RESPONSIBLE TO PAY FOR
COSTS  OR  SERVICES  THAT THEY WOULD NOT OTHERWISE BE REQUIRED BY LAW TO
PROVIDE OR PAY FOR.
  3. LOCAL SOCIAL SERVICES DISTRICTS SHALL MAKE  AVAILABLE  THROUGH  THE
DISTRICT'S  WEBSITE  OR  BY OTHER MEANS, THE RESOURCE GUIDE AVAILABLE TO
PRE-ADOPTIVE FAMILIES AND TO THE APPLICABLE  FAMILY  COURT,  OR  COURTS,
LOCATED  WITHIN  THE  SAME  COUNTY  OR  POLITICAL  SUBDIVISION  AS  SUCH
DISTRICT.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01552-01-1

S. 247                              2

  S 2. Section 112 of the domestic relations law is amended by adding  a
new subdivision 9 to read as follows:
  9. (A) THE RULES OF THE COURT SHALL REQUIRE THAT PRIOR TO THE GRANTING
OF  THE  ORDER  OF  ADOPTION,  THE  COURT SHALL ENSURE THAT THE ADOPTIVE
PARENT OR PARENTS  HAVE  RECEIVED  A  RESOURCE  GUIDE  ON  POST-ADOPTION
SERVICES  AS  DESCRIBED  IN  SECTION  THREE HUNDRED SEVENTY-TWO-H OF THE
SOCIAL SERVICES LAW.
  (B) NOTWITHSTANDING ANY PROVISION OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY,  FAILURE  TO
PROVIDE THE RESOURCE GUIDE PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH (A) OF THIS SUBDIVISION
SHALL  NOT DELAY ANY ADOPTION PROCEEDING, PREVENT ANY COURT FROM ISSUING
AN ORDER OF ADOPTION, OR AFFECT THE VALIDITY OF ANY  ORDER  OF  ADOPTION
ISSUED BY A COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDICTION IN THIS STATE.
  S  3. Section 115 of the domestic relations law is amended by adding a
new subdivision 14 to read as follows:
  14. (A) THE RULES OF THE COURT SHALL REQUIRE THAT PRIOR TO THE  GRANT-
ING  OF  THE ORDER OF ADOPTION, THE COURT SHALL ENSURE THAT THE ADOPTIVE
PARENT OR PARENTS  HAVE  RECEIVED  A  RESOURCE  GUIDE  ON  POST-ADOPTION
SERVICES  AS  DESCRIBED  IN  SECTION  THREE HUNDRED SEVENTY-TWO-H OF THE
SOCIAL SERVICES LAW.
  (B) NOTWITHSTANDING ANY PROVISION OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY,  FAILURE  TO
PROVIDE THE RESOURCE GUIDE PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH (A) OF THIS SUBDIVISION
SHALL  NOT DELAY ANY ADOPTION PROCEEDING, PREVENT ANY COURT FROM ISSUING
AN ORDER OF ADOPTION, OR AFFECT THE VALIDITY OF ANY  ORDER  OF  ADOPTION
ISSUED BY A COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDICTION IN THIS STATE.
  S  4.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
have become a law.

S247A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1167
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 Session:
S8132A, A11175

S247A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

view summary

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

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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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