Senate Bill 1005 Modifies some reasons for termination of parental rights and adds a requirement for additional training for Lawyer Guardian ad Litems.
Content Summary/Analysis: The bill would amend the juvenile code to do the following:
- Allow the family division of circuit court (family court) to terminate a parent’s parental rights to a child if the parent were required to register under the Sex Offenders Registration Act (SORA).
- Include sexual abuse of a child, a sibling, or another child in the types of abuse for which the family court may terminate a parent’s parental rights.
- Include training in early childhood, child, and adolescent development in the powers and duties of a lawyer-guardian ad litem (LGAL).