2013 Indiana General Assembly

House OKs abuse disclosure requirement for child custody

2013-03-21T19:30:00Z House OKs abuse disclosure requirement for child custodyBy Dan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com

INDIANAPOLIS | Another recommendation of the Legislature's 2012 Department of Child Services study committee is edging closer toward becoming law.

The House voted 94-0 Thursday for Senate Bill 202, requiring any person seeking judicial approval in a new or modified child custody, guardianship or visitation case to tell the court whether he, she or the child has been involved in a substantiated case of child abuse or neglect.

The sponsor of the legislation, state Rep. Rebecca Kubacki, R-Syracuse, said judges will be able to make better decisions with the information, which is not normally provided by DCS because of privacy regulations.

The Senate still must agree to House changes to the legislation before it can go to the governor.

The proposal is among a half-dozen measures intended to improve the state's child protection agency that are expected to become law this year.

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