Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signs bill with new foster care guidelines

Ensures only children facing "substantial risk of harm" are placed into foster care


LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a bill that establishes stricter guidelines for placing children into emergency custody.

Snyder says in a release the law signed Tuesday ensures that only children facing "substantial risk of harm" or without other arrangements will be placed into foster care.

State Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge sponsored the legislation that was inspired by the case of an Ann Arbor boy whose father accidentally gave him an alcoholic drink at a 2008 Detroit Tigers game.

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Officials took the boy who was 7 at the time from his parents and kept him for several days.

Jones says children in an unsafe environment "absolutely need to be removed." But he says the Ann Arbor boy suffered a "traumatic experience that could have been avoided."