SB 646
Modifies provisions relating to missing children
LR Number:
Last Action:
5/3/2023 - Hearing Conducted S Health and Welfare Committee
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Effective Date:
August 28, 2023

Current Bill Summary

SB 646 - This act modifies the definition of a "missing child" in the context of law enforcement searches of missing children to include persons under 18 years of age, foster children regardless of age, emancipated minors, or homeless youth. Any agency or placement provider, including the Children's Division, with the care and custody of a child who is missing shall file a missing child complaint with the appropriate law enforcement agency within 2 hours of determining the child to be missing. The law enforcement agency shall immediately submit information on the missing child to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). The law enforcement agency shall institute a proper investigation and search for the missing child and maintain contact with the agency or placement provider making the complaint. The missing child's entry shall not be removed from any database or system until the child is found or the case is closed.

In the case of a child in the custody of the state who is determined to be missing, the child's case manager shall maintain information on the report and continue making contact with the child's family, juvenile officer, and guardian ad litem, among others. The case manager shall continue to contact law enforcement, as described in the act, and make quarterly reports to the court as to the child's status and efforts to locate the child. The Division shall not petition the court for a release of jurisdiction for the child or stop searching for the child while the child is missing until the child reaches 21.

The Division shall develop protocols for conducting ongoing searches for children missing from care, as well as implement preventative measures to identify and mitigate risks to children who are at increased risk of running away, disappearing, or experiencing trafficking. The Division shall ensure that each child in the care and custody of the Division has an updated photograph in the child's record.

Any employee or contractor with the Division, service providers contracted by the Division, child welfare agencies, other state agencies, or schools shall, upon becoming aware that an emancipated minor or homeless youth is missing, inform the appropriate law enforcement agency and NCMEC within 24 hours.

This act is substantially similar to provisions in the truly agreed to and finally passed CCS/HCS/SB 186 (2023) and SCS/HS/HCS/HBs 1108 & 1181, et al. (2023).



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