Governor Bryant signs new laws involving children

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The Termination of Parental Rights Act and the Juvenile Detention Licensing Act have been signed by Governor Phil Bryant.

The legislation for the Termination of Parental Rights Act removes provisions that block adoption of children by relatives in some cases

The bill will also remove provisions that prevent termination of parental rights of an estranged parent in some cases.

The Juvenile Detention Licensing Act

will increase the authority of the existing juvenile facilities monitoring unit by giving it the role of a licensing agency.

Under this new law, if a facility fails to make improvements it will not be licensed.

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