An Act To Align the Child and Family Services and Child Protection Act with the Federal Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, federal law requires Maine to enact changes to state law in compliance with the federal Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act, Public Law 113-183; and
Whereas, Maine’s Child and Family Services and Child Protection Act is out of compliance with Public Law 113-183; and
Whereas, it is necessary for Maine to have authority to provide child welfare services for the protection of children and families prior to the expiration of the 90-day period; and
Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,
Sec. 1. 22 MRSA §4008, sub-§3, ¶K, as amended by PL 2013, c. 293, §2, is further amended to read:
Sec. 2. 22 MRSA §4008, sub-§3, ¶L, as enacted by PL 2013, c. 293, §3, is amended to read:
Sec. 3. 22 MRSA §4008, sub-§3, ¶M is enacted to read:
Sec. 4. 22 MRSA §4036-B, sub-§3-A, as enacted by PL 2011, c. 402, §4, is amended to read:
Sec. 5. 22 MRSA §4038-B, sub-§4, ¶C, as enacted by PL 2005, c. 372, §6, is amended to read:
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.
This bill amends the Child and Family Services and Child Protection Act to comply with the federal Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act. The bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to disclose certain information on missing or abducted children or youth to the National Crime Information Center database of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and to a national information clearinghouse for missing and exploited children and to provide notification of the removal of a child from the custody of a parent or custodian to all parents of a sibling of the child who have legal custody of the sibling. The bill also requires that permanency plans for children who are 14 years of age and older must determine the services needed to assist the children to make the transition from foster care to independent living.