- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A measure supporters say would allow families dealing with difficult situations to remain together without government interference is moving forward in the Missouri Legislature.

The Missouri House on Monday approved a bill that would let parents assign care of their children to others without the state considering it abandonment or neglect.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Andrew Koenig, of Manchester, says foster care forces parents to fight with the system. He says the bill would let parents get help without fearing losing custody of their children.

Opponents say the measure does not contain any oversight of the organization or individuals who would be caring for children, such as background checks or training.

The bill heads to the Senate.

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