2010-06-11 / Top Stories

Titus Sets Law To Protect Foster, Adoptive Children

Assemblywoman Michele R. Titus has announced that her legislation to protect children from prospective foster parents and adoptive parents with criminal history records has been signed into law (A.10803).

“The incidence of abuse and neglect of children in our society have been rising steadily, and we must do everything within our power to safeguard the most vulnerable amongst us.” said Assemblywoman Titus, “I am deeply concerned about the recent spikes in child abuse, and urge everyone to be the eyes and ears of these neglected children who oftentimes cannot understand inappropriate adult behavior.”

Titus stated that the law will take effect on October 1, 2008. Under this new law, the Office of Children and Family Services, after reviewing any criminal history record of an applicant for certification and approval as a prospective foster or adoptive parent, must promptly notify the authorized agency responsible for foster care placements.

“The Bill strengthens loopholes in the current Law while complying with federal requirements, that states review the criminal history of prospective foster and adoptive parents as a prerequisite for the continuation of receiving federal funding,” Assemblywoman Titus said, “this legislation aims to put a stop to the maltreatment and violence that our children often endure.”

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