Bill to help state's child welfare system gets closer to approval

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(WBKO) -- Kentucky lawmakers are one step away from finishing work on a bill to fine-tune last year's overhaul of the state's child welfare system.

It was advanced Monday by the Senate Health and Welfare committee.

The bill would extend re-certification periods for foster parents. Its sponsor says -- currently foster parents have to re-certify every year, but this would change it to every three years.

House Bill 446 also says the state can petition a court for termination of parental rights if a child has been removed from a home three or more times within 24 months.

The bill is also looking to speed up adoptions by having lists of relatives available at the start of the process.

The House-passed bill goes to the Senate now.



 
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