Connecticut bill would provide attorneys to young adults over 18 in the care of the Department of Children and Families. Senate Bill 283 proposes to extend legal representation to young adults up to 23 years of age for those who are under DCF supervision. Providing vulnerable youth with attorneys will assist them in navigating the complicated state systems.
Florida foster care bill increases accountability of child welfare systems by enforcing financial penalties for bad performance and repeat failures. The bill directs the Florida Department of Children and Families to set standards for child protective investigators and attorneys. The bill would establish an Office of Quality within the Florida Department of Children and Families to oversee the contracted agencies.
Wyoming bill was approved and will move the Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) program to become its own entity with direct oversight by the governor. This will allow the agency a move independent strategic plan. A bill to create a similar program for parents investigated by child welfare systems failed to pass and more research about the impact of such an office will have to be conducted in order for the bill to be reintroduced again later.
The latest fromVoice for Adoption advocacy can be found here.
Update from theHuman Rights Campaign Foundation can be found here.