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Minutes March 2007

Children's Law Committee Minutes
March 22, 2007--REVISED

The Children's Committee met on Thursday, March 22, 2007, at 12:00 noon.

Members Participating (8):
Taron Davis, Chair
Amanda Adler
Mary Au
Martha Hamel
Elizabeth Hill
Nancy McCormick
Sarah Smith
Larry Vanderbilt
Tana Vanderbilt

Others Present:
Susan Rose, Attorney
SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center

Bar Staff Present:
Joan S. Brown

Welcome and Introductions: Ms. Davis welcomed everyone and asked for introductions.

Minutes: Ms. Davis asked for approval of the minutes from the November 17, 2006, meeting. The motion was made, seconded, and the minutes were approved as written.

Status of 2006-07 Goals:
1. Continue to distribute the Child Protective Service cards. Ms. Robinson was not present. Ms. Davis explained the EPS cards and Ms. Brown reported that the cards had been distributed to sheriffs statewide. Ms. Robinson had informed her that there had been a good response from law enforcement.

2. Support and assist in the reintroduction of the Juvenile Waiver of Counsel bill. No report.

3. Post to the Bar's Web site the updated versions of the Children and the Court and the Guardian ad Litem brochures. Ms. Richey was to provide a copy of a brochure prepared by her and the Children's Law Office. Ms. Brown would disseminate by email to the members again and ask for comments.

4. Support efforts to reintroduce the Disturbing School Statute bill. The bill was reintroduced; however, it remains in subcommittee. There are no hearings scheduled.

5. Monitor efforts to revise the Sex Offender Registry. No one has asked for the Committee's support.

6. Develop strategies (handouts) for schools, doctors, parents and others explaining the rights of non-custodial parents. This goal was revised to change the word “doctors” to “law enforcement, parents and daycare.” Ms. Davis presented on behalf of Ms. Nichols-Graham a flyer entitled “Non Custodial Parent Rights in South Carolina.” It was reviewed by the Committee, several suggestions were made for changes including changing the title to “Never-Married Parent Rights in South Carolina” and drafting the General Rights in a question and answer format.

7. Monitor legislation in cooperation with appropriate Bar staff. It was determined that this goal was met as part of several other goal items.

8. Draft amendments to the Illegitimate Child Custody statute and present to the House of Delegates in May 2007. It was determined that Ms. Brown would follow up with Tom Trent on this matter.

9. Conduct a seminar at the 2007 Bar Convention. Ms. Davis reported that this goal had been met and that the seminar had been well-attended. She opined that giving GAL credit helped attract the attendees. She stated that it was a good format – short various topics. Mr. Vanderbilt commented that there had been good reviews. Ms. Davis offered to plan the event for 2008, and would request of CLE Convention staff to not schedule Family Law Section during same CLE session time.

10. Support the Bar's efforts to provide FAQs to the public regarding Children's issues. Ms. Brown reported that Angela McClure with the South Carolina Bar had taken over the preparation of the FAQs. Ms. Davis said she would contact Ms. McClure to offer the assistance of the Committee.

11. Explore other states to determine how foster children may be exempted from the requirement for parental consent to take driver's education and to obtain a learner's permit and driver's license. Ms. Robinson was not present to report.

Old Business: Ms. Davis reported on the success of the Committee's visit to DJJ to tour the facilities and eat lunch.

New Business: Ms. Davis postponed the drafting of the 2007-2008 Goals.

Next Meeting: The next meeting would be scheduled for May 4 or 18. Ms. Brown would check on room availabilities.

Adjournment: There being no further business, Ms. Davis adjourned the meeting.