Parental rights termination, parent may appear at hearing telephonically.
be amended to read as follows:
The personal presence of one parent at the hearing is required for jurisdictional
for good cause shown, and upon notice to any other person or authorized
agency whose consent is required pursuant to
25-5A-6, the court may permit a parent to appear
telephonically if the parent is incarcerated, the parent appears telephonically in the physical
presence of a law enforcement or correctional officer designated by the court to monitor the
parent's appearance, and the parental rights of the other parent have been terminated or the other
parent is deceased. Any
other person whose consent is necessary
may appear by filing with the
court a power of attorney. If the Department of Social Services or a licensed child placement
agency has custody of a child by written agreement of a parent with power of attorney to consent,
the secretary or an authorized agent may appear and consent.
Notwithstanding the foregoing
provisions of this section, due regard shall be given to the Indian Child Welfare Act (25 U.S.C.
1901 to 1963, inclusive,) as in effect on January 1, 2005, if applicable.