Last week, Governor Whitmer signed a new bill into law that protects children in the Michigan foster care system. One of the main points of the bill was to further expand the meaning of “relative.” Before this bill, only a blood relative was allowed to foster a child. If a blood relative wasn’t able to foster, then the child would go to a stranger. However with these changes, someone that is close to the family is now able to be considered to foster. Rep. Sarah Anthony is quoted saying, “Today marks a significant step in the right direction toward better supporting Michigan’s foster care and adoption systems. These substantial, effective, and long overdue changes will directly benefit foster youth across the state.”
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