Stevens to head study into NC family law

By Anthony Gonzalez

November 14, 2013

RALEIGH — Representative Sarah Stevens (R-Surry and Wilkes Counties) was named chair of the Omnibus Foster Care and Dependency Study Committee.

The committee is charged with examining North Carolina’s juvenile laws and their effectiveness in protecting North Carolina’s kid and families. The committee will meet with all stakeholders to see how the laws on parental rights, abuse, neglect and adoption affect outcomes and compare to other states and federal laws.

“As a state, it is critical we have in place the social safety nets to ensure no child slips through the cracks and every child has the opportunity to grow into successful, productive citizens of our society. I can think of no one better to lead this study of our foster care and parental rights laws than Rep. Sarah Stevens,” said N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis. “Her years of experience as a family law attorney will be an invaluable resource in this area.”

The goal of the committee is to ensure that North Carolina law allows for the best interest of a child and family in crisis. The committee will present findings and recommendations during an upcoming legislative session.