A so-called “bill of rights” to help ensure siblings in foster care get to visit each other cleared the House Wednesday.
The bill would establish a set of rights for foster care children, including the right to be placed with their siblings when possible and to visit their siblings.
Child welfare agency staff would be required to give a copy of the bill of rights to children upon entry into foster care. The bill does not specify any ramifications if the rights are violated.
Current law requires at least one hour of the annual training requirement for foster family license holder and caregivers, and foster residence staff must be on children's mental health issues and treatment. The bill would require at least one hour of training on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders per year, which must be counted towards the 12 hours of annual training required.