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Foster child bill headed to governor

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A bill that would put greater importance on sibling placement and visitation in the foster care system is headed to the governor.

“During my time in law enforcement, I saw some of the terrible situations many young children endure in Michigan,” Sen. Rick Jones said. “As a foster grandparent, I have also seen the strength that children possess to make it through hard times and the positive impact of keeping siblings together.”

The bill would also require frequent visitations between non-custodial, biological parents and their children unless the court determines it would be harmful to the child. 

"As long as there is no harm to a foster child seeing their biological parent, they should be able to spend time together and preserve their family bond," Jones said. 

The University of Michigan Law School Legislation Clinic brought the issue to Jones' attention. 

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