Lawmakers are hearing Representative Hannah Kelly’s bill that prevents the state from using federal benefits granted to a child. The Republican from Mountain Grove tells Missourinet that the Missouri Children’s Division would be required to check if a foster child is receiving those benefits within 60 days of being placed into custody.
These benefits are administered by the Railroad Retirement Board, the Social Security Administration, or the Veterans Administration, and they may be used for the child’s unmet needs. No one testified against the bill in committee. The bill could be voted on soon.