An Act To Make a Child Living with a Custodial Relative Caregiver Eligible for State-paid Legal Services
Sec. 1. 4 MRSA §1802, sub-§4, as enacted by PL 2009, c. 419, §2, is amended to read:
"Indigent legal services" does not include the services of a guardian ad litem appointed pursuant to Title 22, section 4105 4005, subsection 1.
Sec. 2. 22 MRSA §4005, sub-§1, as amended by PL 2001, c. 696, §12, is further amended to read:
(1) Review of relevant mental health records and materials;
(2) Review of relevant medical records;
(3) Review of relevant school records and other pertinent materials;
(4) Interviews with the child with or without other persons present; and
(5) Interviews with parents, foster parents, teachers, caseworkers and other persons who have been involved in caring for or treating the child.
The guardian ad litem shall have face-to-face contact with the child in the child's home or foster home within 7 days of appointment by the court and at least once every 3 months thereafter or on a schedule established by the court for reasons specific to the child and family. The guardian ad litem shall report to the court and all parties in writing at 6-month intervals, or as is otherwise ordered by the court, regarding the guardian ad litem's activities on behalf of the child and recommendations concerning the manner in which the court should proceed in the best interest of the child. The court may provide an opportunity for the child to address the court personally if the child requests to do so or if the guardian ad litem believes it is in the child's best interest.
Sec. 3. 22 MRSA §4005, sub-§4 is enacted to read:
This bill provides that a child who is the subject of a child protection proceeding and who is living with a relative has a right to legal counsel at state expense during the child protection proceeding.