HOUSE BILL No. 2125*
An Act concerning the support and care of children; relating to
children in need of care;
concerning rights of certain parties to be present at
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
Section 1. (a) Notwithstanding K.S.A. 38-1552, and
thereto and any other provision of law to the contrary, and within
limits of appropriations therefor, a pilot project shall be
the office of judicial administration in one rural and one urban
district in which such judicial district shall implement
the Kansas code for care of children in which the court may exclude
any hearing all persons except the guardian ad litem,
and their attorneys, officers of the court, the witness testifying,
foster parents and up to two people, both of whom have participated
a parent advocate orientation program approved by the judicial
istrator, and designated by the parent of the child. Such parent
orientation program shall include but not be limited to information
cerning the confidentiality of the proceedings; the child and
to counsel; the definitions and jurisdiction pursuant to the Kansas
for care of children; the types and purposes of the hearings;
informal supervision and dispositions; placement options; the
ligation to financially support the child while the child is in the
custody; obligations of the secretary of social and rehabilitation
obligations of entities that contract with the department of social
rehabilitation services for family preservation, foster care and
the termination of parental rights; the procedures for appeals; and
basic rules regarding court procedure. Upon agreement of all
parties, the court shall allow other persons to attend the
unless the court finds the presence of the persons would be
the proceedings. The court shall not remove the parent's designee
designees from any proceeding unless such designee becomes
in such proceeding.
(b) Upon completion of the pilot project,
the office of judicial ad-
ministration shall make a report to the legislature.
(c) The provisions of this section shall
expire on July 1, 2005.
Sec. 2. This act shall take effect and be in force
from and after its
publication in the statute book.
Approved May 15, 2003.