Corry introduces bills to improve process for foster children


Rep. Chris Corry, R-Yakima, has sponsored a trio of bills seeking to reform the relative placement process for foster children.

The 14th District lawmaker notes that delays in finding suitable relative placement can be long. Often after relatives are found, the children have had very little or even no contact with them previously.

“Here's a common scenario: a foster child is in out-of-home care for a year or two. When it looks like Mom or Dad can't take the child back, the courts move to termination,” said Corry. “After more than two years of living with a stable foster family, if they suddenly find a relative who can adopt, the child may have to move in with someone they have never...

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