Zent: House supports legislation creating ‘Foster Parent Bill of Rights’

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Thursday, February 22, 2018

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 22, 2018) — The House of Representatives Tuesday voted in support of legislation sponsored by State Rep. Denny Zent (R-Angola) tasking the Indiana Department of Child Services with creating a “Foster Parent Bill of Rights.”

Under Senate Enrolled Act 233, DCS would 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.

“It is crucial that we do everything we can to ensure children in need of foster care find safe and loving homes,” Zent said. “As of last year, there were 23,000 Hoosier children who were in need of foster homes and it is important that we address the issue head on. Enacting a bill of rights will provide foster parents with a voice and hopefully encourage more participation in the foster care system.”

Indiana would be among 17 other states to implement this policy designed to inform foster parents of their rights within the child welfare system.

For more information on SEA 233, visit iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Denny Zent (R-Angola) represents House District 51, which

includes most of LaGrange and Steuben counties.

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