Governor signs new Kansas grandparents rights bill into law

grandparents rightsGov. Sam Brownback has signed a new Kansas grandparents rights bill into law, in an effort to give grandparents more rights in child-in-need-of-care cases.

The House Substitute for Senate Bill 23, which expands grandparents rights to take over parenting when their children are deemed unfit parents, was signed by Brownback earlier this month. The bill gives grandparents automatic standing in court in child-in-need-of-care cases.

Without automatic standing as interested parties, grandparents are not necessarily sent notice of proceedings involving their grandchildren, resulting in the children being placed in institutions or foster care. Many grandparents testified in the legislative proceedings that the lack of automatic standing had led to their children being placed in bad situations or where reasonable grandparents visitation was not allowed.

Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau, D-Wichita sponsored the bill and testified that the bill “is pretty simple, allowing grandparents to be notified without a lot of additional hassle. We as a state want to keep families together and keep kids out of foster care.”

“I’m just happy for the grandparents,” Faust-Goudeau said at the bill signing. “Now (they) will have the right to be in court and speak up.”

The bill was the top priority of the Kansas “Silver Haired Legislature,” a group elected by seniors across the state to recommend bills and help guide state policies on the elderly including grandparents rights.

For more detailed information about grandparents rights see my book No Greater Loss.

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  1. Kathy

    February 16th, 2012 02:02 PM

    Glad to see this. My graddaughter wants to live with me I can only hope that I can scrape up the money to return an attorney! For the record thank you Scott Wasserman!

  2. Kathy

    February 16th, 2012 02:03 PM

    I meant to say to hire an attorney!

  3. diana johnson

    January 2nd, 2013 01:53 PM

    My son is in larned state hospital for being a sex offender
    Bourbon co. says i have no rights because of my son. I learned that the state will provide you with one if you cannot afford one. I was denied.So now they have adopted him out to a family and now I can’t find anything out about him or visit him. Is there anything I can do about this? My son is not there because of his son, but more importantly,where do my rights fit in?

  4. neil

    January 2nd, 2013 06:02 PM

    I must admit this one has me at a loss. There is an attorney who runs the site for Grandparents rights. His site is I hope this helps. GRANDPA NEIL

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