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Ford: Foster Parent Bill of Rights Bill Signed By Governor

STATEHOUSE (April 3, 2018) – A bill authored by State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute) that requires the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) to enact a foster parent bill of rights was ceremonially signed into law today by Gov. Eric Holcomb.

“This legislation facilitates constructive conversation between foster parents and DCS,” Ford said. “I look forward to seeing the positive impact of having this collaboration and open communication between the two groups. This discussion is necessary to support foster parents and children, and to encourage families to consider foster parenting.”

Senate Enrolled Act 233 requires DCS to form a working group made of current foster parents, child-placing agencies and other individuals and organizations with expertise in foster care services. The group will develop a statement of the rights and responsibilities of a foster parent. DCS will also be required to establish a plan to distribute to current and prospective foster parents, and make the document available to the public on the department’s website.

DCS Director Terry J. Stigdon also commented on the signing of SEA 233.

“Our foster parents give the ultimate gift to children placed in their care by providing safe, secure, and supportive homes,” Stigdon said. “Every child deserves a happy childhood and our dedicated foster families make it their mission to give these children the structure and safety they need from caring adults. The foster parent bill of rights will offer the support they need to continue to provide services to our children in need and to attract even more families to become foster parents.”

SEA 233 becomes effective July 1, 2018.


Contact: Lauren Beatty, Press Secretary