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Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare

Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare

Kids in California could be allowed to have more than two parents

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A bill in California that would allow kids involved in custody proceedings (and child protection as well) to have more than two legal parents is on its way to the governor's desk to be signed or vetoed. The bill's author, Senator Mark Leno, stated,

"This legislation gives courts the flexibility to protect the best interests of a child... It is critical that judges have the ability to recognize the roles of all parents, especially when a family is in distress and a child's security is a concern."

The legislation is also a response to a recent California court decision in which the court stated "it could not recognize a third parent even if it meant that the child must be placed in foster care instead of being cared for by the parent."

We blogged about this same bill in our Stability, Permanency, and Adoption blog: "Is there a limit to the number of parents a child can have?"

What do you think about the possibility of allowing children more than two legal parents?

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