(House Bill 1110)
An Act to revise a provision related to the appointment of a guardian ad litem or a special advocate to represent an abused or neglected child.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of South Dakota:
Section 1. That § 26-8A-20 be AMENDED:
If a child is an
apparent or alleged abused or neglected child, the court may appoint
a special advocate to represent the best interests
of the child and to assist the child's attorney. If a child has been
adjudicated an abused or neglected child and is removed from the
child's home with the child's parents, guardian,
or custodian, the court
guardian ad litem or a special advocate
special advocate if available, and may appoint a guardian ad litem
when determined necessary by the court,
to represent the best interests of the child and to assist the
child's attorney. The guardian ad litem or special advocate is an
officer of the court for the purpose of representing the child's best
interests. The guardian ad litem or special advocate shall receive
all reports concerning the child and may cause the case to be
reviewed by the court pursuant to § 26-8A-24.
Signed March 9, 2022
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