Current Status Introducing Body:
SenateBill Number: 578Primary Sponsor: ThomasCommittee Number: 08Type of Legislation: GBSubject: Foster care placement, provisionsResiding Body: SenateCurrent Committee: General CommitteeCompanion Bill Number: 3669Computer Document Number: 436/11051AC.93Introduced Date: 19930323Last History Body: SenateLast History Date: 19930323Last History Type: Introduced, read first time, referred to CommitteeScope of Legislation: StatewideAll Sponsors: ThomasType of Legislation: General Bill
Bill Body Date Action Description CMN Leg Involved ____ ______ ____________ ______________________________ ___ ____________ 578 Senate 19930323 Introduced, read first time, 08 referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 20-7-1642 SO AS TO PROHIBIT PLACEMENT OF CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE WITH A PERSON WITH A SUBSTANTIATED HISTORY OF CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT, OR WHO HAS BEEN CONVICTED OF OFFENSES AGAINST A PERSON OR AGAINST MORALITY OR DECENCY; BY ADDING SECTION 20-7-1643 SO AS TO REQUIRE THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES TO ESTABLISH STANDARDS FOR FOSTER PARENT TRAINING; BY ADDING SECTION 43-1-115 SO AS TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT TO CONDUCT BIENNIAL PERFORMANCE AUDITS OF COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES AND FOSTER CARE PROGRAMS; BY AMENDING SECTION 20-7-2240, RELATING TO AGENCIES AND INSTITUTIONS EXEMPT FROM REGULATION AS A CHILD WELFARE AGENCY, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT FOSTER CARE FACILITIES, NOT RECEIVING STATE OR FEDERAL FUNDS, OPERATED BY CERTAIN RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS MUST PASS ANNUAL FIRE, HEALTH, AND SANITATION INSPECTIONS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 20-7-1642. No child may be placed in foster care with a person:
(1) with a substantiated history of child abuse or neglect; or
(2) who has pled guilty or nolo contendere to or who has been convicted of:
(a) an `Offense Against the Person' as provided for in Chapter 3, Title 16;
(b) an `Offense Against Morality or Decency' as provided for in Chapter 15, Title 16; or
(c) contributing to the delinquency of a minor as provided for in Section 16-17-490."
SECTION 2. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 20-7-1643. The Department of Social Services shall establish standards for foster parent training so as to ensure uniform preparedness for foster parents who care for abused or neglected children in the custody of the State. These standards shall specifically prohibit the viewing of standard television programs or reading of articles from popular magazines or daily newspapers as complying with the completion of pre-service or annual foster parent training requirements."
SECTION 3. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 43-1-115. The State Department shall conduct, at least once every two years, a detailed performance audit, which must include, but is not limited to, the child protective services and foster care programs of every local county office. The department shall use a sample size that will ensure the results of the audit to be within a ninety-five percent confidence level. The department shall prepare a full and detailed report of its findings and include any proposals to rectify any deficiencies noted. The State Department shall submit, within ninety calendar days of the completion of the county performance audit review, a copy of its final report to the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, members of the respective county legislative delegations, the Joint Legislative Committee on Children, and the county Advisory Board of Social Services. The final and all draft audit reports are public information and upon request must be provided to any member of the public within the time period set forth by the Freedom of Information Act. As public information, the State Department shall also submit two copies of the final report to the State Library and one copy of the final report to any public library within the county reviewed. The failure of the State Department to conduct the required biennial performance audits of any county office is considered nonfeasance in office by the State Commission, is cause for the commissioner's removal, and subjects the commissioner to the penalties for nonfeasance."
SECTION 4. Section 20-7-2240 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 20-7-2240. The provisions of this (A)
This subarticle shall does not apply to:
(1) child welfare agencies existing on March 9, 1956, and operating under the active supervision of a governing board representing an established religious denomination, except as these agencies voluntarily assume the obligations and acquire the rights provided by this subarticle.;
(2) The State Children's Bureau.
(3) (2) any children's home or institution to which state funds are appropriated.;
(4) (3) The John de la Howe School in McCormick County; provided, that the board of trustees of that school may elect to be licensed by the department, in which case the board of trustees shall request, by resolution, the department to license the John de la Howe School. When a license has been issued to the John de la Howe School by the department, pursuant to the terms of this subarticle, the school shall be is bound by all rules and regulations promulgated by the department relating to licensing standards and other matters pertaining thereto to licensing standards.
(5) Rescue missions, or other similar charitable institutions, organized before May 8, 1959, for the purpose of providing temporary care and custody of children and other needy persons and operating under a local board of trustees pursuant to and duly authorized by law.
(B) However, a foster care facility which does not receive state or federal financial assistance, operated by a local church congregation or established religious denomination or religious college or university must register with the department and report the number of children kept at the facility with the State Department of Social Services by January second of every year. These facilities must pass annual inspections by state or local authorities for compliance with the fire, health, and sanitation requirements."
SECTION 5. This act takes effect July 1, 1993.