SC bill to bar sex offenders from foster parenting

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - Legislators are discussing a bill that would make it illegal for convicted sex offenders to serve as foster parents in South Carolina.

Current law prohibits children from being placed in foster care with people who have a history of child abuse or have been convicted of certain crimes like criminal domestic violence.

The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday is taking up the bill that would add sex offenders to that list.

The proposal would also bar courts from awarding custody to parents who are convicted sex offenders.

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