OLR Bill Analysis

SB 273 (as amended by House “A”)*

AN ACT CONCERNING FOSTER CHILDREN AND INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES.

SUMMARY:

This bill requires state agencies, when hiring individuals for, or placing them in, internship programs they offer, to give preference to former foster children who (1) are between the ages of 18 and 24 and (2) were in Department of Children and Families custody on their 18th birthday. Preference is defined as priority over similarly qualified applicants.

The bill provides that nothing in it (1) requires a new employee or applicant to request foster child status or disclose his or her status as a former foster child and (2) can be construed to give a new employee or applicant the right to sue for any violation of its provisions.

*House Amendment “A” adds the provisions concerning (1) requests or disclosures of foster child status and (2) lawsuits.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2013

COMMITTEE ACTION

Children Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

12

Nay

0

(02/28/2013)