Today Governor Eric Greitens signed the Foster Care Bill of Rights at The Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association.
At the signing, Governor Greitens said, “Our state has 13,000 children in the foster care system. They are, both in law and spirit, Missouri's children. Our kids. We recognize the potential of kids in foster care. We honor hard-working foster parents. And we've got a lot of work to do in Missouri to fight for, work with, and build a better system for our foster families.”
Senate Bill 160 sets forth a list of rights to ensure that children are being protected. The bill also provides more tools to protect children from traffickers, and bans people convicted of sex offenses against children from coming within 500 feet of children’s museums. Senate Bill 160 was sponsored by Sen. David Sater and carried in the House by Rep. Diane Franklin.