Saint Paul, Mn – Sen. Bobby Joe Champion’s parent petition for reestablishment legislation to allow a parent whose parental rights have been terminated to petition the court to reestablish a legal parent and child relationship passed off the MN floor last night. The law is only available for non-egregious harm cases and the parent must demonstrate that it is in the best interest of the child for a person’s parental rights to be reestablished. The bill puts power back in the hands of parents – not just county attorneys.
Children are all too often stuck in the foster care system for many years, despite tremendous improvements that their parent has made. The bill requires a child to have been in foster care for at least 48 months before the petition can be made and parents must include specific information regarding the steps they have taken to correct the conditions that led to the termination of rights.
“This legislation would allow parents who have tirelessly worked towards rehabilitation to work towards reuniting their families. Current policy stands in the way of this and unnecessarily keeps children away from their parents and in the foster care system for much too long. It’s time to change that and it’s time to support families,” said Senator Champion