McNamara: Legislation to enact a foster parent bill of rights signed into law

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Wednesday, March 14, 2018 11:22 am

STATEHOUSE (March 14, 2018) — Foster parents in Indiana will soon have a bill of rights due to a new law sponsored by State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville).

“The number of children in need of foster homes continues to outpace supply, and we want to do all we can to ensure these children are finding the care they deserve,” McNamara said. “By enacting a bill of rights, foster parents will have the opportunity to be better heard, which will hopefully result in better, more effective communication with groups involved in the child welfare system.”

Senate Enrolled Act 233 requires the Department of Child Services 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 rights and responsibilities of foster parents.

Senate Enrolled Act 233 will go into effect July 1, 2018.

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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.