September 5, 2012
FAWCETT SHARES NEW LAWS TAKING
EFFECT OCTOBER 1 TO HELP SENIORS, CHILDREN
State Rep. Kim Fawcett shared recent changes in state laws that take effect on Oct. 1 and impact local families and children. New laws to strengthen care to seniors and preserve their relationships with grandchildren include:
The legislature also approved a measure that restructures the legal adoption process for children in the custody and care of foster parents. The new adoption process permits the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to file adoption petitions in the Superior Court, instead of probate court.
Rep. Kim Fawcett discusses issues impacting seniors with Bolade Akintolayo
at a recent meeting with seniors.
“We have nearly 6,000 children in foster care in Connecticut and many of them are caught up in the arduous legal process and can wait for years to find permanent placement with loving families. This restructuring of DCF not only makes sense but also helps the agency streamline its work to better serve the most vulnerable children of the state,” Rep. Fawcett said.
Also going into effect this October is a law made famous by the 2008 disappearance of Caylee Anthony in Florida. Caylee’s Law makes it a class A misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment for up to one year, a fine of up to $2,000, or both, to knowingly fail to report the disappearance of a child under age 12. The duty to report applies to any parent, guardian or person who has custody or control of, or is supervising, the child and who either does not know the child’s location or has not had contact with him or her for 24 hours.
In a further effort to strengthen state laws that protect victims of violence, the state also amended existing statutes in 2012 to protect against family violence and the sexual exploitation of a minor.