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California enacts law acknowledging duty to protect children in foster care


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11/17/2008
Christopher Keane
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In the wake of the "In re Terrell R." case, which concerned a child abused in foster care, the State of California legislature enacted a law whereby it became clear that the state owed a duty to proect the children in its foster care system. The law states as follows: The Legislature finds and declares all of the following: (1) The state has a duty to care for and protect the children that the state places into foster care, and as a matter of public policy, the state assumes an obligation of the highest order to ensure the safety of children in foster care. Welfare and Institutions Code 16000.1 The Keane Law Firm supports this law, and will work to see that it is enforced for children abused, injured or killed in foster care in California.

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