Saint Paul, Mn – Sen. Bobby Joe Champion (DFL-Minneapolis) was author of legislation to allow a parent whose parental rights have been terminated to petition the court to reestablish a legal parent and child relationship. On May 6, this bill was signed into law. Before this bill became law, only county attorneys could file such a petition. The law will open up the petition process to parents and move the decision about whether a legal parent and child relationship should be reestablished beyond county attorneys to actual judges.
Sen. Champion Statement:
“Thank you to everyone who has worked tirelessly to get this legislation to the Governor’s desk. Current policy has unnecessarily kept children away from their parents and in the foster care system for much too long. Today, we have made concrete steps towards changing that.”