Grandparents have new protections

One positive new law that didn’t get much attention during the legislative session was a change championed by state Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau, D-Wichita, that will help protect the rights of grandparents during child custody cases. Senate Bill 23 allows grandparents to serve as interested parties in court proceedings when a child has been removed from home. “Nearly 18,000 Kansas grandparents are the primary caregiver to their grandchildren. . . . As more and more grandparents open up their homes and hearts to their grandchildren,” Faust-Goudeau said, “we must make sure that a system is in place to support them.”