RULE 281-120.37 - Ward of the state

RULE 281-120.37. Ward of the state

(1) General. Subject to subrules 120.37(2) and 120.37(3), "ward of the state" means a child who, as determined by the state where the child resides, is:

a. A foster child;

b. A ward of the state; or

c. In the custody of a public child welfare agency.

(2) Exception. "Ward of the state" does not include a foster child who has a foster parent who meets the definition of "parent" in rule 281-120.27 (34CFR303).

(3) Interpretive note. "Ward of the state" is a term rarely used in Iowa law. It would be an extremely rare occurrence for a child to be a ward of the state while not being either a foster child or in the custody of a public child welfare agency.

(ARC 0100C, IAB 4/18/12, effective 5/23/12)

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