Delinquent and Dependent Children

O'Rourke Children's Center

SECTION 14-4-5

§ 14-4-5 Annual reports.

(a) The director of children, youth and families or his or her agent shall submit to the family court a written report once per year on each child entrusted to his or her care and control pursuant to an order or decree of the family court. The report shall contain information concerning: (1) the physical placement of the child; (2) the care and nurturing the child is receiving; (3) the involvement and support of the parents or other person previously having custody; and (4) the efforts made by the parent(s) and/or the department in reuniting the child and parents. In addition, the report shall set forth the permanent plan for the well-being of the child.

(b) As a result of a review of the report, a justice of the family court may order an immediate hearing and summon before the court representatives of the department and the parents or other person previously having custody of the child in order to determine that an appropriate plan for the child is undertaken. An appropriate plan may include: (1) a return of the child to the parents; (2) the child remaining in foster care on a planned basis; or (3) a petition being instituted for the termination of the parental rights of the parents pursuant to § 15-7-7 if the court finds reasonable cause to believe that grounds exist for it. In an order of disposition entered pursuant to this section, the best interest of the child shall be paramount.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1979, ch. 192, § 1.)