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CPS Legislation We’re Tracking

In the two weeks since the start of the 2013 legislative session, there have already been several bills filed that would affect vulnerable children and families. Visit the CAA website for more information on bills affecting CPS, children in foster care, and grandparents raising their grandchildren.

CAA was pleased that SB 1090 pass the Senate Health and Human Services Committee unanimously last week. Sponsored by Senator Leah Landrum-Taylor, SB 1090 would provide a monthly $75 stipend to children who are being raised by their grandparents or great grandparents after being removed from their parents by CPS. The stipend is restricted to grandfamilies who have low incomes and are not getting other financial assistance. The next step for the bill is to get a hearing in the Senate Appropriations Committee with Chairman Don Shooter. We’ll keep you up-to-date with action steps.

HB 2074 is a bill sponsored by Representative Warren Petersen relating to foster families. The bill requires that prospective foster families be licensed within fourteen days if they have high incomes and high credit scores and have been married for ten years and raised a child. Children’s Action Alliance opposes the bill in its current form because it would be impossible to verify the safety of a foster home and train the foster parents in just two weeks. HB 2074 is scheduled to be heard in the Reform and Human Services Committee on Thursday, Jan 31 at 9:00 am in room HHR 1.

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