Family & Juvenile Law
HB 1032 – Investigation of adoptive parents. Adds a licensed professional counselor to the list of those authorized to conduct a full investigation into whether an individual is suitable as an adoptive parent.
HB 1088 – Adoption checklist. Requires a checklist form to be completed prior to finalizing an adoption which verifies that all documents and procedures have been submitted, followed, and reviewed by the judge. Support concept of checklist as approved by Board of Governors. Oppose mandating Supreme Court to adopt rule.
HCS HB 1137 – Adoption. Changes the laws regarding adoption records.
HB 1145/SB 448 – Nathan’s Law and Sam Pratt’s Law. (See Administrative Law)
HB 1167/HB 1757 – Establishes Caylee’s Law which requires any parent or guardian to report the death or disappearance of a child within a specified time period.
HCS HB 1171 – Juvenile Court jurisdiction. Changes the age when the juvenile court will have jurisdiction over a child involving a state or local traffic violation from a child up to 15 1/2 years of age to a child up to15 years of age. Support.
HB 1208 – TPR and child support. Specifies that the termination of parental rights in the case of rape cannot extinguish or bar the ordering or enforcement of a child support obligation for a child born as a result of the rape. No position.
HCS HB 1220 – Pilot program for incarcerated mothers. Requires the Department of Corrections to establish a two-year pilot project to increase the access that children have to their incarcerated mothers.
HCS HB 1258, 1259, & 1260 – Adoption. Changes the laws regarding the acknowledgment of paternity and consent to an adoption. No position.
HB 1259 – Consent to adoption. Specifies that consent to the adoption of a child is not required of a man who has not provided consistent prenatal support to the mother and baby or who is not required under § 453.030,RSMo. No position.
HB 1260 – TPR and adoption. Waives a man’s right to intervene in a termination of parental rights or adoption action unless he has had a previous and consistent relationship with the child. No position.
HB 1288 – Child support orders. Requires the Missouri Supreme Court to establish by rule the specific language to be included in all child support orders detailing the specific rights and obligations of the parents and the child. Oppose.
HB 1296 – Custody and visitation for deploying military parents.(See Military Law) Support judicial discretion in determining custody and visitation rights.
HB 1384 – Consent to adoption. Changes the laws regarding consent to the adoption of a child. No position.
HB 1470 – Mandatory reporters of child abuse. Expands the list of mandatory reporters of child abuse and neglect to include a coach, scout leader, youth leader, and any volunteer who has direct contact with children.
HB 1491 – Mandatory reporters of child abuse. Requires a mandatory reporter of child abuse and neglect to make a report and removes the option of causing a report to be made.
HB 1565 – Mandatory reporters of child abuse. Requires mandatory reporters of child abuse to report when they are working or acting in their official capacity and allows them to report when they are not.
HB 1583 – Juvenile psychiatric evaluations. Grants authority to the juvenile court to order psychiatric evaluations of a juvenile and to order admittance to a mental health facility upon the recommendation of such evaluations. Support.
HB 1588 – Notice of relocation. Changes the laws regarding the notice of the relocation of a child by the custodial parent. Oppose arbitrary distance to trigger relocation notice.
HB 1598 – Domestic assault. Changes the criteria for domestic assault in the third degree to include three responses by law enforcement for alleged abuse or violation of an order of protection by the same person. Oppose.
HB 1690 – Expungement. Changes the laws regarding arrearages and the expungement of certain records related to criminal nonsupport. Support concept of expungement reform.
HB 1721 – Parole for offenders who were minors. Allows offenders who were less than 18 years of age when their offense was committed and who received a life without parole or a minimum 50 year sentence to be eligible for parole after 15 years. No position. Legislation would interfere with bar's Criminal Code revision.
HCS HB 1758 – Custody and visitation for non-parents. Allows any person having a parent/child relationship with a minor child who is not the biological or legal parent to petition the court for custody and visitation rights. No position. Legislation on this subject is not bar drafted.
HB 1761 – Child abuse statute of limitations. Removes the 10-yearstatute of limitation for certain actions to recover damages regarding child abuse and sexual offenses committed against a child.
HB 1790 – Admissibility of children’s statements. (See Judicial Administration) No position.
HB 1792 – Parent-School communication. Requires school districts to adopt policies on school-parent communications that provide that parents with joint legal or joint physical custody both receive copies of school communications.
HB 1822 – Changes various provisions regarding domestic violence orders of protection. (See Criminal Law)
*HB 1994 – Post-adoption agreements. Among other provisions,allows prospective adoptive parents and the parents of a prospective adoptee may enter into a written post adoption contract agreement to allow contact after the adoption between parents, siblings, or other relatives of the adoptee and the adoptee and the adoptive parents. Any agreement is at the discretion of the adoptive parents, must be in writing and signed by the parties to the agreement,and must be made part of the court record. The court must enforce an agreement unless to do so is not in the best interest of the adoptee. Drafted by The Missouri Bar's Special Committee on Adoption.
SB 457 – Mandatory reporters. Modifies provisions of mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse.
SB 521 – Child support. Requires a non-custodial parent to pay child support until the child reaches 22 years of age instead of 21 years of age.
SB 556 – Adult sentences for juvenile offenders. Allows courts to suspend imposition of an adult criminal sentence for certain juvenile offenders. Support concept.
SB 713 – Adoption records. Modifies provisions relating to adoption records.
SB 731 – Custody and visitation for military personnel.Establishes procedures to follow in child custody and visitation cases for military personnel.
SB 739 – Administrative child support orders. Modifies provisions relating to administrative child support orders. No position.
SB 863 – Parenting plans. Requires parents to file parenting plans after paternity has been established in court.
SB 871 – Domestic violence. (See Criminal Law)