Gov. Greitens signs Missouri foster care bill of rights into law - KCTV5

Gov. Greitens signs Missouri foster care bill of rights into law

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Missouri children in foster care will now have more say in where they go and the kind of care they receive, thanks to a law Gov. Eric Greitens signed.  (File photo) Missouri children in foster care will now have more say in where they go and the kind of care they receive, thanks to a law Gov. Eric Greitens signed. (File photo)
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Missouri children in foster care will now have more say in where they go and the kind of care they receive, thanks to a law Gov. Eric Greitens signed.

Denise Cross, president and CEO of Cornerstones of Care, said the bill is a good first step.

“It empowers and enables them to really chart their own course,” Cross said.

The bill also broadens the definition of kinship – or who can be recognized as family – to a child in foster care.

This means Missouri children may find a home with family instead of a stranger.

While the bill is being widely praised, it does not address the concerns of a lawsuit filed against the Department of Social Services.

But, it is a gateway for children to speak up.

Cross said educating children about their rights is just starting.

Cornerstones of Care serves the Kansas City metro plus 30 counties across Missouri. 

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