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First Regular Session
Sixty-first General Assembly
LLS NO. 97ï¿½0675.01D MN
HOUSE BILL 97ï¿½1322
STATE OF COLORADO
BY REPRESENTATIVES Adkins, George, and Reeser;
also SENATORS Hopper and Wham.
A BILL FOR AN ACT
CONCERNING CHILD WELFARE, AND MAKING AN APPROPRIATION IN CONNECTION
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced and does not
necessarily reflect any amendments which may be subsequently adopted.)
Abuse definition. Defines sexual abuse and emotional abuse.
Provides that reasonable parental discipline includes reasonable corporal punishment.
Appeals. Establishes an appeals workgroup to consider rule and
statutory changes to expedite appeals in court cases concerning relinquishment, adoption,
and dependency and neglect.
Orders of protection. Provides that orders of protection
concerning the care of the home may require that the home meet minimum standards of safety
Bases for finding a child dependent or neglected. Adds the
following bases for finding a child dependent or neglected: That a child under age 10
committed an act that would be a delinquent act if the child were 12 years of age or
older, and that the child will lack proper parental care as evidenced by previous
incidents of abuse or neglect of another child or children (the "prospective
harm" basis). Allows for an expedited adjudication and disposition schedule for
"prospective harm" cases.
Venue. Requires written findings for a change in venue.
Conflict resolution process. Requires all counties to implement a
conflict resolution process. Establishes the review process for grievances and the
required features of the conflict resolution process.
Notice of rights. Requires that the notice of rights and remedies
to parents contain disclosure of the conflict resolution process.
Placement criteria. Establishes placement criteria that shall
govern in consideration of the placement of children out of the home.
Placement reporting. Requires the county department to report on
the number of children who are placed out of the home, including those placed with
Evaluation forms. Requires the preparation and distribution of
Damages for false reporting. Allows a court in any action under title 19 or title 14, Colorado Revised Statutes, to award damages for false reporting of cases of suspected