2018 Kentucky Revised Statutes
CHAPTER 620 - DEPENDENCY, NEGLECT, AND ABUSE
.090 Temporary custody orders.
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620.090 Temporary custody orders.
If, after completion of the temporary removal hearing, the court finds there are
reasonable grounds to believe the child is dependent, neglected or abused, the court
shall issue an order for temporary removal and shall grant temporary custody to the
cabinet or other appropriate person or agency. Preference shall be given to available
and qualified relatives of the child considering the wishes of the parent or other
person exercising custodial control or supervision, if known. The order shall state
the specific reasons for removal and show that alternative less restrictive
placements and services have been considered. The court may recommend a
placement for the child.
In placing a child under an order of temporary custody, the cabinet or its designee
shall use the least restrictive appropriate placement available. Preference shall be
given to available and qualified relatives of the child considering the wishes of the
parent or other person exercising custodial control or supervision, if known. The
child may also be placed in a facility or program operated or approved by the
cabinet, including a foster home, or any other appropriate available placement.
However, under no circumstance shall the child be placed in a home, facility, or
other shelter with a child who has been committed to the Department of Juvenile
Justice for commission of a sex crime as that term is defined in KRS 17.500, unless
the child committed for the commission of a sex crime is kept segregated from other
children in the home, facility, or other shelter that have not been committed for the
commission of a sex crime.
If the court finds there are not reasonable grounds to believe the child is dependent,
neglected or abused, or if no action is taken within seventy-two (72) hours, the
emergency custody order shall be dissolved automatically and the cabinet or its
designee shall return the child to the parent or other person exercising custodial
control or supervision. A request for a continuance of the hearing by the parent or
other person exercising custodial control or supervision shall constitute action
precluding automatic dissolution of the emergency custody order.
When the court issues a temporary order for the custody of a child, the court may
order that, within two (2) weeks, arrangements be made for the child to receive a
thorough medical, visual, and dental examination by a professional authorized by
the Kentucky Revised Statutes to conduct such examinations. The costs of the
examination shall be paid by the cabinet.
The child shall remain in temporary custody with the cabinet for a period of time
not to exceed forty-five (45) days from the date of the removal from his home. The
court shall conduct the adjudicatory hearing and shall make a final disposition
within forty-five (45) days of the removal of the child. The court may extend such
time after making written findings establishing the need for the extension and after
finding that the extension is in the child's best interest.
If custody is granted to a grandparent of the child pursuant to this section, the court
shall consider granting reasonable visitation rights to any other grandparent of the
child if the court determines the grandparent has a significant and viable
relationship with the child as established in KRS 405.021(1)(c).
Effective: July 14, 2018
History: Amended 2018 Ky. Acts ch. 197, sec. 2, effective July 14, 2018. -- Amended
2006 Ky. Acts ch. 182, sec. 51, effective July 12, 2006. -- Amended 1988 Ky. Acts
ch. 350, sec. 49, effective April 10, 1988. -- Created 1986 Ky. Acts ch. 423, sec. 70,
effective July 1, 1987.
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