By MEG KINNARD
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Legislators are discussing a bill that would make it illegal for convicted sex offenders to serve as foster parents in South Carolina.
Current law prohibits children from being placed in foster care with people who have a history of child abuse or have been convicted of certain crimes like criminal domestic violence.
The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday is taking up the bill to add sex offenders to that list. Current state regulations already bar sex offenders from being considered to serve as foster parents, and applicants must have background checks for any abuse and neglect or criminal history.
The proposal would also bar courts from awarding custody to parents who are convicted sex offenders.