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Term Abandonment for Federal Classification Juvenile

Concerning classifying the death of a parent as abandonment in determinations for vulnerable youth.
2024 Regular Session
Children & Domestic Matters
Bill Summary

Current law states that if there is sufficient evidence to determine that reunification of a child or youth with one or both parents is not viable due to abuse, neglect, abandonment, or a similar basis, the child or youth is eligible for federal classification as a special immigrant juvenile. The bill clarifies that "abandonment" includes, but is not limited to, the death of one or both parents.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


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