OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 5363

AN ACT CONCERNING INTERVIEWS OF CHILDREN BY THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES DURING INVESTIGATIONS OF CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT.

SUMMARY:

This bill requires all Department of Children and Families (DCF) employees, instead of only the commissioner, to get permission from a parent, guardian, or other person responsible for a child's care before interviewing the child as part of an abuse and neglect investigation. Current law allows DCF to conduct these interviews without consent when it has reason to believe that one of the individuals listed above or a member of the child's household is the alleged perpetrator. The bill instead allows DCF to do this only in situations where it has a documented, compelling reason to believe that seeking consent will place the child in imminent risk of physical harm.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2012

COMMITTEE ACTION

Judiciary Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

42

Nay

0

(03/26/2012)