Zentís bill helping Hoosier children heads to the governor

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Tuesday, March 21, 2017

STATEHOUSE (March 21, 2017) — State Rep. Denny Zent (R-Angola) sponsored a bill that would make sure a foster child is placed more quickly in a permanent home.

The Department of Child Services creates a permanency plan for all children who are subject to termination of parental rights proceedings. Zent said this legislation would make sure the permanency plan is filed simultaneously with a petition for termination of a parent-child relationship.

Termination without a plan means that a child will stay in the state system with no guarantee of a home. By expediting this process, kids can get into a foster home more quickly.

“This ensures the child will be placed in a foster home typically with those people who have been caring for them up to this point,” Zent said. “Our top priority is to make sure children in foster care are safe, as well as the Hoosier families stepping up to take care of our most vulnerable citizens.”

State Sen. Susan Glick (R-LaGrange) is the author of this bill. After being approved by the General Assembly, Senate Bill 49 can be signed into law by the governor. For more information, 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.