PROTECTION OF CHILDREN FROM ABUSE OR NEGLECT
Purpose of chapter.
Abused or neglected child defined.
Persons required to report child abuse or neglected child--Intentional failure as
Additional persons to report death resulting from abuse or neglect--Intentional failure
Application of terms.
Report of abuse or neglect by hospital personnel--Failure as misdemeanor--Written
Child abuse or neglect reports by school personnel--Failure as misdemeanor--Written
Oral report of abuse or neglect--To whom made--Response report.
Investigation of oral report--Other action permitted--Appointment of attorney--Compensation.
Report to social services--Content.
Notice to child's parents of determination of abuse or neglect--Contents--Confidentiality.
Exception to notice requirement.
Request to amend or remove record--Administrative hearing--Decision.
Request for a hearing to release name of complainant in unsubstantiated
Operation of central registry for abuse and neglect--Adoption of rules.
Abuse and neglect screening of head start employees and adoptive or foster parents.
Abuse and neglect screening required of certain current and potential employees and
volunteers--Prior written consent required.
Central registry check of foster care, adoption, and child welfare agency employment
Central registry check of prospective foster or adoptive parents at request of
governmental social service agency for another state.
Confidentiality of abuse or neglect information--Violation as misdemeanor--Release
to certain parties.
Certain child protection records to be provided to the court, court services, state's
attorney, or agencies--Discovery--Fees.
Consent of possible caretaker required for central registry screenings.
Immunity from liability.
Communications not privileged in child abuse or neglect cases.
Photographs, videotapes, or other images, and medical examinations taken without
Child protection teams.
Appointment of counsel--Compensation--Assistance.
Abused and neglected child defense fund--Distribution to counties--Pro rata.
Appointment of representative of child's best interest--Duties.
Reasonable efforts to eliminate need for removal--Reasonable efforts to return child
to home--Determining adequacy of efforts.
Exceptions to § 26-8A-21.
Permanency hearing required if child is not to be returned to parents--Court to
determine placement--Final dispositional hearing.
Final decree of disposition--Permitted disposition when parental rights not
terminated--Annual permanency hearing for child in foster care.
Court to require instruction in parenting as part of sentence in certain convictions.
Court-ordered medical, psychological or psychiatric treatment of spiritually-treated
Periodic review hearings of foster care status--Petition for judicial action.
Criteria for determining continued placement of child separate from home.
Termination of parental rights--Return of child to parents or continued placement--Annual permanency hearing for child in foster care.
Additional reasons for termination of parental rights.
Final decree terminating parental rights of one or both parents--Child support
arrearages--Custody of child.
Notice of order or final decree--Service--Appeal.
Continuing jurisdiction over abused or neglected child.
Request for hearing by relative denied adoptive placement--Time limits--Intervention.
Testimony of child by closed circuit television--Hearing to determine necessity.
Persons allowed to be present during closed circuit television testimony--Display of
defendant's image in room where witness testifies.
Due regard to be afforded Indian Child Welfare Act.
Proceeding involving child covered by Indian Child Welfare Act.
Alcohol or drug testing as condition of child placement or return.