HB 4009 passes, allows court to consider reinstating parental rights in limited circumstances

Youth, Rights & Justice worked with the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (OCDLA) to pass HB 4009. The final version of the bill creates a new section of the juvenile code permitting either the ward or DHS to file a motion to reinstate parental rights. Access the enrolled version of HB 4009 here.

HB 4009 safeguards adoptive families and those in the process of adopting by excluding motions to reinstate parental rights in cases where the child has been adopted (unless that adoption has been disrupted and the child no longer has a legal parent) or where there is an adoption proceeding underway. Among the other safeguards are an 18-month waiting period, the requirement of proof by clear and convincing evidence, children’s entitlement to court-appointed- counsel, a prompt permanency hearing, and period of juvenile court oversight for at least six months after the motion is granted. 


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