When a child is taken from a parent’s home because of suspected abuse or neglect, there is often a responsible grandparent eager to step in. Authorities should be just as eager to work with such grandparents, rather than automatically place children with strangers. Thanks to a new state law, which was fought for by state Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau (in photo), D-Wichita, courts now must give substantial consideration to a grandparent who requests custody of such a child. And if the grandparent is passed over for placement, the state has to explain why. The reform sounds like common sense, and should be good for kids and grandparents alike.
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