Grandparents or other relatives who have cared for a child over one year prior to the government taking would be able to have standing in court if this bill passes.
Today, I spoke with DSHS Children's Director, Denise Revel Robinson. We discussed a concern she has about the Alexis Stuth Grandparent's Standing bill. Her point was well taken. The way the bill is currently written there is no way for the relative to prove they have been caring for the child. We will fix this with an amendment to be discussed at tomorrow's (Thursday)afternoon hearing.
It is a sign of goodwill that she called. She will be at the hearing and plans to testify in favor of the bill. TVW may make this available for viewing.