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  • New Legislation Would Soften Foster Care Rules That Tear Extended Families Apart

    By Victoria Law, Truthout | Report

    (Photo: Nadezhda1906 / iStock / Getty Images Plus)(Photo: Nadezhda1906 / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

    In most US states, people with a past arrest or conviction can be disqualified from providing a foster home for vulnerable children in their families. Even long-ago offenses that clearly have nothing to do with child safety -- such as shoplifting -- can disqualify foster parents. Now California lawmakers are considering legislation that could keep families together by changing the rules for caregivers with past records.

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