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Ballweg Bill Would Help Parents Facing Termination Of Parental Rights


State Representative Joan Ballweg this week introduced a bill that would create a pilot program to provide legal representation to parents whose children are the subject of a Child in Need of Protective Services petition. Ballweg serves on the Assembly Speaker’s Task Force on Foster Care, which introduced 13 policy initiatives to support children who are currently in the foster care system. Ballweg’s bill is one of those 13 policy initiatives. Another would help children who are aging out of the foster care system. It would help them with their post-secondary education creating support to help them be successful. Ballweg says the State of Washington has had success increasing the reuniting of families by providing legal representation to parents facing the termination of parental rights. Her bill is modeled after that effort. Brown, Outagamie, Winnebago, Racine and Kenosha counties would be involved in the three year pilot program.

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Lori Callies commented on 06-Dec-2017 01:28 PM3 out of 5 stars
Parental termination, involuntary without imminent risk of injury or death is an unconstitutional action by the state agencies. Child protection continues to remove children for neglect alone to include walking alone from school, to playing alone in their yards, we have seen an hysterical approach to child removals based solely on liability risk by the state if the child is injured in the future. We need children saved from homes where the parent is charged with assault, sexual assault or abandonment, what we don't need is the current model of child protection that destroys the stability of millions of families based on hearsay and anonymous reporting with a heavy hand in removal for federal incentives. All parents should be afforded due process and as much rights as a criminal entering court.

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