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Ohio Reps Pass Law to Change Foster System

COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- Ohio representatives have passed a bill that would result in changes to the state's foster system.

House Bill 213, which received unanimous support from members of the Ohio House on Thursday, was sponsored by Rep. Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City) in response to a study by the Foster Care Advisory Board.

Among the changes called for in the legislation is the potential inclusion of foster parents in court hearings held to determine if a child will be returned to his or her biological family.

The bill would also allow foster children to spend nights at friends' homes without liability for those events falling on state agencies.

If signed into law, House Bill 213 would also require training for court appointed guardians, and create a medical registry for the medical records of foster children.

H.B. 213 makes important changes to foster children to provide them much better choices and options and the quality of life we provide these children, Rep. Grossman said.

The bill will move to the Ohio Senate for further debate.
 
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