Friday, April 30, 2010

Young Wright sibling rights bill awaits governor’s signature

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – A bill that grants more rights to displaced children to see their siblings passed the legislature Thursday.

House Bill 2419, sponsored by Rep. Nancy Young Wright, D-Tucson (District 26), clarifies that a child placed in out-of-home care by DES has the right to be placed in the same home with their siblings unless doing so would jeopardize the child’s safety or well-being.

It also grants a child the right to frequent visitation or other ongoing contact with siblings if such placement isn’t possible.

“This bill is incredibly important for children who hope to have better home lives,” Young Wright said. “Children don’t deserve to grow up in unsafe living environments, but they do deserve and should have the right to grow up with or at least visit their brothers and sisters.”

The bill awaits the governor’s signature.

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