McNamara: House supports legislation creating ‘foster parent bill of rights’

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Wednesday, February 21, 2018 10:28 am

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 21, 2018) — The Indiana House of Representatives Tuesday voted in favor legislation sponsored by State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) that would require the Department of Child Services to create a “foster parent bill of rights.”

Under Senate Bill 233, DCS would be required to form a group consisting of current foster parents, child-placing agencies and other organizations and individuals with expertise in foster care services to develop and update a statement of the rights and responsibilities of foster parents.

“Last year we had 23,000 Hoosier children in need of foster homes,” McNamara said. “We really want to do everything we can to ensure these children are finding safe and loving homes. Enacting this bill of rights will give foster parents a voice and hopefully enlighten and encourage more participation in the foster care system.”

For more information on Senate Bill 233, visit iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) represents House District 76,
which includes portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties.

A high-resolution photo of McNamara can be downloaded by clicking here.