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Utah Bill tries to create a path for parents and children to reunite

on Wed, 02/06/2013 - 09:34
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Utah Bill tries to create a path for parents and children to reunite

Bill could impact children in foster care

The bill, SB49, would impact the foster care system by directing the Utah Division of Child and Family Services to study the potential of a plan to reunify parents with their children under certain circumstances, and report its findings to legislators later this year.

SALT LAKE CITY — A proposal before the Utah Legislature would allow parents whose parental rights have

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In Loving Memory of Lailla Sara Ann Jensen Died in Foster Care Aged 7 months old

on Fri, 08/10/2012 - 04:32
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In Loving Memory of Lailla Sara Ann Jensen Died in Foster Care Aged 7 months old

From Payson, Utah, foster child Lailla Sara Ann Jensen, 7 months, died on October 22, 2010. She “suffocated when she became wedged between a daybed frame and a mattress, according to court documents.”

“According to police reports, the foster mother — who had been caring for the girl since birth — had placed the infant on a toddler daybed for a nap. She told police the daybed was not where the child normally slept, but another foster child who shared a room with the girl was already asleep in their room.

Police say the woman then went outside to work in the yard. About 30-40 minutes later,

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Utah wants to help more kids at home and reduce foster care placements

on Fri, 07/13/2012 - 12:29
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SALT LAKE CITY — Fewer Utah children would be placed in foster homes under an ongoing effort to strengthen in-home services provided by the Division of Child and Family Services, a sought-after change in the state's care of children.

A state legislative audit in 2011 revealed a 38 percent increase in Utah foster care placements during the previous decade. The audit also showed that the number of families that received in-home support that enabled children to stay in their homes decreased by 40 percent over the same time period.

Those troubling numbers prompted a change in approach.

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