Loranne Ausley, Senator (Tallahassee, FL)

IDEA CATAGORY: Equity & Opportunity, Public Safety

‘Foster Children’s Bill of Rights’ in Florida

This week, a Florida Senate subcommittee unanimously passed NewDEALer Senator Loranne Ausley’s bipartisan legislation to codify a bill of rights for children in the state’s foster care system. The legislation compiles the rights of children in the foster care system, ensuring priority is given to their physical, mental, and emotional health. “The purpose of this bill is to place all of the rights that are already in law into one place,” Senator Ausley said. Rebecca Baer, who spent two years in Florida’s foster care system, spoke in support of the bill and "said it felt like she lost about 90% of her rights the day she entered the system," adding, “at the end of the day, I believe this bill will help youth not go through the same situations that I did.” Read more about the legislation here.