New Jersey Revised Statutes § 30:4c-85 - Conduct Of Kinship Caregiver Assessment In Certain Cases.

30:4C-85 Conduct of kinship caregiver assessment in certain cases.

8. a. In the case of a child who has been removed from his home by the division within the last 12 months, or for whom the division has an open or currently active case and where legal representation is currently being provided by the Office of the Public Defender either through its Law Guardian Program or Parental Representation Unit:

(1)The kinship caregiver assessment required pursuant to section 5 of P.L.2001, c.250 (C.3B:12A-5) shall be conducted by the division, at no cost to the caregiver.

(2)An indigent parent and child shall be afforded the same right to legal counsel and representation as in actions under P.L.1974, c.119 (C.9:6-8.21 et seq.) and section 54 of P.L.1999, c.53 (C.30:4C-15.4).

(3)In cases where the child has been placed in the caregiver's home by the division and the child has resided in the caregiver's home for either the last 12 consecutive months or 15 of the last 22 months, the caregiver shall obtain the consent of the division in order to petition the court for the appointment of the caregiver as kinship legal guardian of the child. The appointment of a kinship legal guardian for a child shall be considered by the court as the permanent placement for the child.

b.In all cases other than those specified in subsection a. of this section:

(1)The kinship caregiver assessment required pursuant to section 5 of P.L.2001, c.250 (C.3B:12A-5) shall be conducted by an agency in accordance with regulations adopted by the commissioner.

(2)The costs for the kinship caregiver assessment shall be borne by the department in cases where a financially eligible individual is applying for cash assistance under a kinship care program or pilot program provided by the department, for which kinship legal guardianship is a requirement for receiving such assistance. For all other cases under this subsection, the caregiver shall be responsible for all of the costs of the kinship caregiver assessment.

L.2001,c.250,s.8; amended 2005, c.169, s.16.

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