The first bill addresses guardianship, in a case where parents cannot properly care for their child. This includes what to do if for some reason, a caregiver cannot look after the child.
"We have an opportunity to look at what could be an invisible group of people in the service system we have and really understand the trauma kids experience when they're separated from their parents," says Department of Corrections' Jill Evans.
The second bill will allow for a study on how to better help children with incarcerated parents, or parents who are addicted to drugs. The study will focus on what resources these children need.
"One of the things we don't talk enough about is the extraordinary struggles that children of addicted parents are put through," says Governor Shumlin.
The Department of Corrections says on any given day, Vermont has on average 1,600 children with a parent in jail.
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