House Bill 510
Amends the rights and responsibilities of foster parents; establishes the Mississippi Task Force on Foster Care and Adoption.
Amended by Senate; awaiting concurrence by House
On March 8, the Senate passed HB 510 as amended. It will now go to the House for concurrence.
Explanation of the Bill
As introduced, House Bill 510 would create a Foster Parents’ Bill of Rights and Responsibilities. This would include all of the rights and responsibilities that foster parents currently hold and several additional ones. Some of the new provisions would give foster parents the right to:
- Communicate with professionals who work with the foster child, including the child’s teachers.
- Communicate with a Department of Child Protection Services representative, such as the family protection worker, when further educational services are needed to ensure the child’s educational needs are met.
- Attend all IEP meetings, along with the department worker, at the child’s school.
- Be involved in crucial decisions regarding the child including, but not limited to, individual service planning meetings, foster care review, individual educational planning meetings, and medical appointments.
- Receive a copy of the “Foster Child Information Form” and all other pertinent information about the child and the birth family including educational status.
In addition to creating the Foster Parents’ Bill of Rights and Responsibilities, HB 510 would require the Foster Parents’ Bill of Rights and Responsibilities to be given to all potential foster parents during their training.
On February 23, the Senate Judiciary B Committee passed a “strike-all” amendment to HB 510. As amended, the bill would create the same additional rights for foster parents as the original bill. However, it does not contain mention of the Foster Parents’ Bill of Rights and Responsibilities.
In addition to codifying additional rights for foster parents, the amended version of HB 510 would establish a grievance procedure for foster parents to raise concerns about any of their rights or responsibilities. It would also create the Mississippi Task Force on Foster Care and Adoption, which would be composed of various government officials and other professionals. The task force would be responsible for reviewing the state’s foster care system and developing recommendations for improvement. It would be required to report its findings to the Legislature each year by December 1 of each year, until its dissolution in 2027.
|1/13/23||On January 13, HB 510 was referred to the House Judiciary A Committee.|
|1/31/23||On January 31, the House Judiciary A Committee passed a committee substitute for HB 510.|
|2/7/23||On February 7, the House amended and passed HB 510.|
|2/13/23||On February 13, HB 510 was referred to the Senate Judiciary A Committee.|
|2/23/23||On February 23, the Senate Judiciary A Committee passed a “strike-all” amendment to HB 510. As amended, the bill would create a grievance procedure for foster parents and establish a Foster Care and Adoption Task Force, in addition to codifying new rights for foster parents.|
|3/8/23||On March 8, the Senate passed HB 510 as amended. It will now go to the House for concurrence.|