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House approves Hargrove’s bill for foster children
A bill sponsored by Rep. Mark Hargrove in response to 47th District constituents’ calls to improve timelines for foster child adoption passed the state House of Representatives Friday by a vote of 91-5.
According to a press release, House Bill 2582 would set in place a structure for foster children who have no chance of going back to their parents to be adopted into a stable home more quickly. It would require termination of parental rights paperwork in very specific situations to be filled out months earlier than in the current system.
“Whenever we can reunite a child with his or her birth parents or relatives after being placed with a foster family, we should do so. But there are times when we know the child will be staying with a foster family permanently,” said Hargrove, R-Covington, in the release. "In these cases, and when a foster family wants to adopt, we must ensure that the state does not unnecessarily delay the process. The goal of this bill is to give foster children stability and a loving home with their foster family earlier. Keeping these children in the same home, school and community with friends, is critical to their development and futures.”
House Bill 2582 will now be forwarded to the Senate for consideration.