Foster Care. Legal news and articles for April 21 - 27, 2017

Student parent uses poor experience in foster care to fuel motivational speakingPublic Safety, Marijuana Bills Pass Major HurdleState House approves 'Rylan's Law' to prevent child deathsMichigan broadens efforts to improve outcomes for children in foster ...Alabama Governor Expected To Sign Anti-LGBTQ Adoption/Foster Care BillLawmakers: Faith-based adoption groups can spurn gay couples'Rylan's Law' goes to House as his mother goes to court for his ...College After Foster Care? The Odds Are Not in Our FavorLGBT families under attack: Alabama law would make it legal to stop same-sex couples from adoptingHoeven Examines Implementation of the Native American Children's Safety Act of 2016Teen in foster care: I guarded rooms at Boom Boom Room brothelNew law will help foster children in schoolMore responsible adults can sign for minors to receive beginner's permitBill that would create more options for voluntary guardianship wins House approvalKnow (and Follow) the Law

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Lawmakers: Faith-based adoption groups can spurn gay couples
Fox NewsApril 26, 2017

Wingo said the bill would protect faith-based groups such as Agape and Baptist Children's Homes, which do adoption and foster care placements. State Rep. ... South Dakota, Michigan, North Dakota and Virginia have passed similar laws. David Dinielli ...more »

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Student parent uses poor experience in foster care to fuel motivational speaking
The Daily TitanApril 27, 2017

Around the same time, Mara Ziegler, social worker at Public Counsel, did a presentation on the rights of pregnant and parenting students at McAlister High School in Los Angeles, where Merwin attended before entering foster care. Merwin was pregnant at ...more »

Public Safety, Marijuana Bills Pass Major Hurdle
KTVNApril 27, 2017

Ratti says she is particularly happy that SB305 passed, which gives children in foster care legal counsel. She says it has worked well in other states with similar laws. "They have better outcomes," Ratti said. "You see better school performance. You ...more »

State House approves 'Rylan's Law' to prevent child deaths
Fayetteville ObserverApril 26, 2017

Rylan's Law would require the local Department of Social Services to have a social worker conduct at least two visits with parents whose children are in foster care. During these visits, the social worker would observe the parents' interactions with ...more »

Michigan broadens efforts to improve outcomes for children in foster ...
UpperMichigansSource.comApril 26, 2017

Michigan children in foster care will be better served under a first-of-its-kind data-sharing project that provides foster care caseworkers with a complete view of ...more »

Alabama Governor Expected To Sign Anti-LGBTQ Adoption/Foster Care Bill
Legal ScoopsApril 26, 2017

The bill, which is cleverly called Child Placing Agency Inclusion Act, writes discrimination into state law by giving state-licensed foster care and adoption agencies the power to deny eligible potential LGBTQ couples because of the agency's religion ...more »

Lawmakers: Faith-based adoption groups can spurn gay couples
Fox NewsApril 26, 2017

Wingo said the bill would protect faith-based groups such as Agape and Baptist Children's Homes, which do adoption and foster care placements. State Rep. ... South Dakota, Michigan, North Dakota and Virginia have passed similar laws. David Dinielli ...more »

'Rylan's Law' goes to House as his mother goes to court for his ...
Fayetteville ObserverApril 25, 2017

The legislation would increase scrutiny of parents seeking to get their children back from foster care.more »

College After Foster Care? The Odds Are Not in Our Favor
New York TimesApril 25, 2017

Thanks to a state law passed in 2011, public universities and community colleges in California are also required to give priority in enrollment to former foster youth. Campus housing is also more available to us, and public colleges are encouraged to ...more »

LGBT families under attack: Alabama law would make it legal to stop same-sex couples from adopting
SalonApril 24, 2017

South Dakota passed a law in March allowing adoption and foster care agencies to deny placement to LGBT families, while a similar bill stalled in the Texas General Assembly earlier this year. The American Civil Liberties Union has estimated that this ...more »

Hoeven Examines Implementation of the Native American Children's Safety Act of 2016
United States Senate Committee on Indian AffairsApril 24, 2017

The act requires background checks before foster care placements are ordered in tribal court proceedings. Under the law, all adults who reside in a foster home, who move into a foster home after a child's placement or who work in a foster care ...more »

Teen in foster care: I guarded rooms at Boom Boom Room brothel
Palm Beach PostApril 23, 2017

A 16-year-old boy testified Thursday in federal court that he frequently left foster care to guard the doors of "private dancing rooms" in the Boom Boom Room, an Oakland Park brothel that prosecutors say his brother ran. The teenager's brother, James ...more »

New law will help foster children in school
Moscow-Pullman Daily NewsApril 22, 2017

Current state law encourages districts to implement their best efforts to provide partial credit for coursework that has been completed before a student in foster care is forced to transfer schools. It also encourages districts to use their best ...more »

More responsible adults can sign for minors to receive beginner's permit
WACH.comApril 22, 2017

"This new law provides a great opportunity to give children in foster care, those living in group homes and many un-emancipated minors the same opportunities as others," said Sen. Katrina Shealy. According to the DSS director Susan Alford over 900 ...more »

Bill that would create more options for voluntary guardianship wins House approval
Community Impact NewspaperApril 22, 2017

A bill that would allow the state's Department of Family and Protective Services to work with nonprofit organizations to provide services to families in crisis was passed by the state House of Representatives Thursday and will next go before the Senate.more »

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Florida TrendApril 21, 2017

Ho, hum. Taxes, recordkeeping and employment law are not the most exciting subjects you'll encounter as a business owner, but they are among some of the most important. Whether you choose to handle these tasks yourself or outsource them to others, you ...more »

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