FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Gov. Matt Bevin is set to sign into law a foster children’s bill of rights.
The bill was signed by the governor back in March under an emergency, but on Wednesday Bevin and other speakers will take part in a ceremony and talk about what the new law provides.
There are 16 statutory rights, including the right to adequate food, clothing and shelter, and a safe, secure and stable family. The law also includes freedom from physical, sexual or emotional injury or exploitation.
It also requires placement homes and agency workers to have background checks.
Cameron Galloway, a Kentucky State University student who was in the foster care system from just 2 years old, helped push the bill.
“Foster kids don’t have rights, foster parents do,” he said. “We are just trying to get on the same page as foster parents.”
Bevin will host the signing ceremony at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Frankfort.