Governor John Kasich today signed a measure into law that will improve Ohio’s foster care system. 
House Bill 213 is the House companion legislation to Senate Bill 152, sponsored by Senator Peggy Lehner (R–Kettering), which provides caregivers greater discretion in allowing foster children to participate in extracurricular, enrichment, and social activities based on a reasonable and prudent parent standard.
The legislation also strengthens immunity for a person or facility providing out-of-home care for the child.
“It is important that foster care children are provided with the opportunity to participate in traditional, everyday activities that many of our own children take for granted, such as spending the night with a friend or joining a sports team at school,” Lehner said. “Attorney General Mike DeWine and I worked hard to send the governor a bill that brings vital, common sense reforms to Ohio’s foster care system and will go a long way to easing the burden on foster care youth and families.”
House Bill 213 also encourages more permanent foster homes, allows foster parents to have a voice in court hearings regarding a child’s return to their biological family, and expands the grounds on which a public children services agency is permitted to intervene in the permanent custody rights of a foster child who has been abused or neglected. 
Lehner serves as the Chair of the Senate Standing Senate Committee on Education.

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