(May 30) – Two bill sponsored by foster youth defender Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont, were signed into law today by Gov. John Hickenlooper.

The first bill, HB18-1346, increases protections for 18- to 20-year-olds involved with the child welfare system or the Division of Youth Services who are also in foster care. Previously, a variety of laws to protect foster children from abuse or neglect no longer apply once they turn 18. The bill signed today eliminates that loophole.

“Protecting children of all ages is something we can all agree on, and I’m hopeful that this new law will go a long way towards supporting the kids in our foster system,” Rep. Singer said.

The second bill, HB18-1348, would allow the state to increase disclosure to foster parents about the case files of the children placed in their care.

“Foster parents shouldn’t have one hand tied behind their back when it comes to being fully informed about issues that the kids they’re parenting are facing,” Rep. Singer said. “This new law is about balance and will help foster parents provide the best care possible for the children in their care.”

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