INDIANA (WTHI) - Indiana Senator Jon Ford reports the bill that would require Indiana Department of Child Services to create a foster parent bill of rights has officially been passed by the House with a unanimous vote of 94-0.
This bill will require DCS to form a working group made of foster parents, child placing agencies and other organizations with foster care services.
“After meeting with foster parents and DCS last summer, it was clear that collaboration and open communication is needed between the two groups,” Ford said. “This bill will facilitate that conversation and will result in a foster parent bill of rights. Foster parents put an incredible amount of time and love into the children they foster, and they need to be informed of their rights within the child welfare system.”
DCS would also be required to develop a plan to distribute to current and prospective foster parents, and make the document available to the public on the department’s website.
“IFAAP is extremely grateful for the support received from the Indiana Senate and House of Representatives,” said Kristi Cundiff, administrator and CEO of Indiana Foster and Adoptive Parents Resource and Advocacy Group, Inc. “We thank Sen. Ford for authoring this bill – this the first step in better communication between DCS and foster parents in Indiana.”
SEA 233 will now be considered by Gov. Eric Holcomb.