CHAPTER 23

FORMERLY

SENATE BILL NO. 34

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 13 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO TERMINATION AND TRANSFER OF PARENTAL RIGHTS IN ADOPTION PROCEEDINGS.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE :

Section 1. Amend Section 1103(a)(2)a.3. of Title 13 of the Delaware Code by striking the phrase "6 months" and inserting in its place "6 years".

Section 2. Amend Section 1103(a)(7) of Title 13 of the Delaware Code by striking the phrase "the child" and replacing it with "a child", and by inserting a "," after the phrase "chronic abuse".

Section 3. Amend Section 1103(a)(8) of Title 13 of the Delaware Code by striking the phrase "The child" and replacing it with "A child".

Section 4. Amend Section 1103(a)(8) of Title 13 of the Delaware Code by inserting the phrase ", near death or death" after the phrase "serious physical injury" and again after the phrase "that such injuries".

Section 5. Amend Section 1103(a)(8) of Title 13 of the Delaware code by inserting the phrase "or reckless" between the words "intentional" and "conduct".

Approved May 14, 2009