EXPLANATION: create a foster care study committee to determine the efficacy of administering the program within dss
Amend the bill, as and if amended, Part IB, Section 89, GENERAL
PROVISIONS, page 520, after line 27, by adding an appropriately
numbered paragraph to read:
/ (GP: Foster Care Review Board Study Committee) For the current fiscal year, effective July 1, 2011, in order to bring accountability and transparency to the foster care process, a Foster Care Review Board Study Committee shall be established to determine:
1) the efficacy of administration of the Foster Care Review Board Program within the Department of Social Services. The study shall analyze the Foster Care Review Board Program's ability to advocate in a transparent and independent manner for foster care children within the structure of the Department of Social Services.
2) ways in which to monitor performance and establish accountability of foster care review volunteers, including certification and oversight.
The Foster Care Study Committee shall be composed of the following members: Director of Social Services, or her designee; Director of the Foster Care Review Board Program, or her designee; a member of the Joint Legislative Committee on Children appointed by the Chairman of the committee; Director of the SC Bar, or his designee; and one volunteer foster care review board member in good standing with the Foster Care Review Board, to be appointed by the Governor. Members appointed by the Governor must not be employees of the State of South Carolina. Members shall serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority. The Director of the Department of Social Services shall serve as chairman. Members of the study committee shall serve without compensation.
The study committee shall provide a report on the status of their findings and recommendations to the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee by January 10, 2012. /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend totals and titles to conform.