Laws to help foster kids don't all move forward in Legislature

Staff writerFebruary 12, 2014 

Of several bills that aimed to help foster children in Washington state, only one made it past Tuesday's cutoff for bills to pass out of fiscal committees, Crosscut reports.

John Stang of the Seattle-based news website writes that a measure that would supply foster children with attorneys advanced, while others to extend state foster care for children until the age of 21 died in committee.

The bill to give children their own legal representation in family court is proposed by Republican Sen. Steve O'Ban of Tacoma. The legislation would give children their own public attorney if their parents' legal rights as guardians have been terminated.

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