On Monday evening, I appeared with Mark Curtis on
Channel 12 News to discuss House Bill 2640, also known as “Angel’s Law,” which I
introduced early this session. The AZ Republic Editorial Board does an
excellent job of detailing the bill’s objective.
Editorial board, The Republic | azcentral.com March 19,
Our View: Angel's Law would require background
checks for all before a child is returned home. It's just common
bill called "Angel's Law" would require the Department of Child Safety to check
the background of all the people living in the household, including boyfriends.
Any history of domestic violence or sexual assault would have to be taken into
consideration when reunifying a child with his or her biological
Arizona’s foster children deserve common sense
protections when they are being reunified with families with prior safety
problems. This is what Angel’s Law, HB2640, does.
This past week, recently-appointed DCS director Greg
McKay instituted Angel’s Law as an administrative directive to protect Arizona’s
most vulnerable children. The legislature must codify the directive in statute,
to ensure this critical safety measure becomes the practice going forward
regardless of who is in charge.