SC Senate passes bill aimed at protecting children

SC Senate passes bill aimed at protecting children

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - The South Carolina Senate has approved a bill designed to protect children from their drug-abusing parents.

The bill approved Thursday is named for 22-month-old Jaidon Morris, who died in 2008 of a drug overdose after being returned to his parents from foster care.

Sponsoring Rep. Mike Forrester of Spartanburg says he hopes his bill prevents other children's deaths. If children are removed from their home because of drug use, the measure would require drug tests before a court rules on parents regaining custody.

A Senate amendment requires the Department of Social Services to provide legislators annual reports on the numbers of children in the agency's care and social workers' case loads. It comes as a Senate panel investigates potential problems at the agency.

The bill returns to the House.

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