On Monday evening, I appeared with Mark Curtis on Channel 12 News to discuss House Bill 2640, also known as “Angel’s Law,” which I introduced early this session. The AZ Republic Editorial Board does an excellent job of detailing the bill’s objective.
Arizona kids need an angel; this bill delivers it
Editorial board, The Republic | azcentral.com March 19, 2015
Our View: Angel’s Law would require background checks for all before a child is returned home. It’s just common sense.
…A bill called “Angel’s Law” would require the Department of Child Safety to check the background of all the people living in the household, including boyfriends. Any history of domestic violence or sexual assault would have to be taken into consideration when reunifying a child with his or her biological parents.
Arizona’s foster children deserve common sense protections when they are being reunified with families with prior safety problems. This is what Angel’s Law, HB2640, does.
This past week, recently-appointed DCS director Greg McKay instituted Angel’s Law as an administrative directive to protect Arizona’s most vulnerable children. The legislature must codify the directive in statute, to ensure this critical safety measure becomes the practice going forward regardless of who is in charge.
Kate Brophy McGee