Children leaving the foster care system after their 18th birthday would be able to return to state custody under a bill passed Thursday by the Missouri Senate.
Current law allows children to remain in the foster care system until they are 21, but it prevents re-entry if they leave after turning 18.
The measure sponsored by Democratic Senate Minority Leader Jolie Justus of Kansas City would allow those who leave the system to re-enter until they turn 21.
Justus said it allows children to come back home if they have a hard time in the “real world.”
The Senate sent the measure to the House with a 34-0 vote.