Kentucky House passes confidentiality bill for foster parents

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – A bill that would provide more confidentiality for foster parents has passed the Kentucky House.

House Bill 167, sponsored by House Speaker Pro Tempore David Meade, R-Stanford, would allow foster parents to use initials, instead of their names, when participating in involuntary termination of parental rights’ cases.

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The bill also makes a change to a law passed last year, requiring foster parents be present during parental-rights termination cases.

Meade says the need for improved confidentiality of foster parents’ identifying information became evident last year after concerns were raised about how that information is handled.

“You can imagine that created some angst for foster parents and, in very rare situations, could potentially put them in a dangerous situation,” says Meade. “So we decided that we’re going to make it very clear what our intent was last year.”

House Bill 167 passed the House by a vote of 92-0. It now goes to the Senate for consideration.