Right to counsel - voluntary extension of foster care

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06/22/2018, Legislation, Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Children

R.I. Gen. Laws § 40-11-14(a) only requires the appointment of a guardian ad litem for a child in an abuse/neglect proceeding, but a 2018 amendment adds, “In addition, any young adult, who is eligible for extended foster care pursuant to § 14-1-6(c) and who has executed a voluntary agreement for extension of care may request the appointment of guardian ad litem or court-appointed counsel. An appointment shall be in the discretion of the court. The cost of counsel in those instances shall be paid by the state.”

Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: yes