Mo. Senate
10:23 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Re-Entry Rule For Foster Kids Could Change Under Mo. Senate Bill

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Children leaving the foster care system after their 18th birthday would be able to return to state custody under a bill passed by the Missouri Senate.
 
Current law allows children to remain in the foster care system until they are 21, but prevents re-entry if they leave after turning 18.
 
The measure sponsored by Democratic Senate Minority Leader Jolie Justus of Kansas City would allow those who leave the system to re-enter until they turn 21.
 
 Justus says it allows children to come back home if they have a hard time in the "real world."
 
 The Senate sent the measure to the House Thursday with a 34-0 vote.

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