Thursday, June 28, 2012
The governor signed another bill to extend and expand a program allowing tax credits for residential youth treatment agencies.
Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday signed into law three measures to help foster children and their parents and to support youth residents care providers. State Rep. Jeanne Kirkton (D-Webster Groves), State Rep. Rick Stream (R-Kirkwood), Webster Groves Mayor Gerry Welch, Webster Groves School Superintendent Sarah Riss and leaders from Epworth and Missouri Baptist Children's Home and other foster and youth care programs attended the event. Here are the bills that were signed into law: Amy Berg, Epworth's board chairwoman, called the passage of the bills "huge" for foster families, their children and organizations that that provide residential youth care. "It's an awesome win for all involved, and the bills were passed unanimously on a bipartisan …
Friday, January 6, 2012
Here are the new laws that took effect in Missouri this year.
As we leave 2011 in the past, Patch takes a look back at the laws that will stay with us into the New Year and beyond. For a list of all the laws enacted in 2011, check out the Missouri State Senate’s list of 2011 bills. Bath Salts Despite its innocuous name, the substance known as “bath salts” has effects similar to serious drugs when smoked or sniffed. This year, the legislature passed Senate Bill 354 adding bath salts to a banned list. Adoptions Two new laws passed this year make it easier for adopted adults and their children to access birth records. Senate Bill 351 allows adopted adults to find information about their birth parents without notifying adopted parents and to find information about their adult siblings without proving to …
Monday, August 1, 2011
Saturday, Chris and Jennifer Ryan, of Affton, held their first fundraiser for their upcoming adoption.
Affton family, the Ryans, just got approved for an Ethiopian adoption about a month ago through All God’s Children International. Chris and Jennifer Ryan have a 6-year-old and a 3-year-old and felt called to add to their family through adoption. “We feel like God brought us to Ethiopia,” Jennifer Ryan said. The Ryan family has just begun the adoption process and has about two years ahead of them. Throughout those years they will be doing a lot of fundraising. Saturday, the family had its first big adoption fundraiser: a large yard sale. Ninety eight percent of the items were donated by friends. The family sold items including bicycles, furniture, toys, clothes and books. The yard sale brought in $1,100 for the Ryan family adoption. The …
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Plus, backyard chickens gaining popularity in Maplewood, and nesting geese launch attack on Shrewsbury police, customers.
Here's what's making news in the region. Garage Sale Equals Child Adoption: The Eureka Chamber of Commerce annual garage sale was so much more than a chance to transfer 'stuff' for one family. VIDEO: Backyard Chickens Take Off in Maplewood: After a 2009 ordinance passed, interest in the egg-laying pets grows. Police Get Goosed in Shrewsbury: Protective geese defending their nest go on the attack. Cops and Cowboys Unite to Raise Funds for Special Olympics: The St. Louis County Police took over Texas Roadhouse Tuesday night to help raise money for Special Olympics.