Florida Senate - 2016                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SPB 7018
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: FAV            .                                
                  10/22/2015           .                                

       The Committee on Children, Families, and Elder Affairs (Detert)
       recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment 
    3         Delete lines 532 - 562
    4  and insert:
    5         (d) Health care.—To the extent that they are available and
    6  accessible, the names and addresses of the child’s health and
    7  behavioral health providers, a record of the child’s
    8  immunizations, the child’s known medical history, including any
    9  known health issues, the child’s medications, and any other
   10  relevant health and behavioral health information must be
   11  attached to the case plan and updated throughout the judicial
   12  review process.
   13         (e) Contact with family extended family and fictive kin.
   14  When out-of-home placement is made, the case plan must include
   15  provisions for the development and maintenance of sibling
   16  relationships and visitation, if the child has siblings and is
   17  separated from them, a description of the parent’s visitation
   18  rights and obligations and a description of any visitation
   19  rights with extended family members as defined in s. 751.011. As
   20  used in this paragraph, the term “fictive kin” means,
   21  individuals that are unrelated to the child by either birth or
   22  marriage, but have an emotionally significant relationship with
   23  the child that would take on the characteristics of a family
   24  relationship. As soon as possible after a court order is entered
   25  the following must be provided to the child’s out-of-home
   26  caregiver:
   27         1. Information regarding any court-ordered visitation
   28  between the child and the parents, and the terms and conditions
   29  necessary to facilitate such visits and protect the safety of
   30  the child.
   31         2. Information regarding the schedule and frequency of the
   32  visits between the child and his or her siblings, as well as any
   33  court-ordered terms and conditions necessary to facilitate the
   34  visits and protect the safety of the child.
   35         3. Information regarding the schedule and frequency of the
   36  visits between the child and any extended family member or
   37  fictive kid, as well as any court-ordered terms and conditions
   38  necessary to facilitate the visits and protect the safety of the
   39  child.
   40         (f) Independent living.
   41         1. When appropriate, the case plan for a child who is 13
   42  years of age or older, must include a written description of the
   43  life skills services to be provided by the caregiver that will
   44  assist the child, consistent with his or her best interests, in
   45  preparing for the transition from foster care to independent
   46  living. The case plan must be developed with the child and
   47  individuals identified as important to the child, and must
   48  include the steps the agency is taking to ensure that the child
   49  has a connection to a caring adult.