Jones introduces bill to protect foster children

Jones introduces bill to protect foster children

LANSING— Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, introduced Senate Bill 934 on Wednesday,  which would close a loophole in state law to prevent foster parents from legally having sexual intercourse with their foster children.

Michigan law currently sets the age of sexual consent at 16 years old. Individuals, such as corrections officers and teachers, who are considered to have power and authority over potential victims, are not protected under the age of consent law and may not lawfully enter into a sexual relationship regardless of age. 

The Prosecutors Association of Michigan made Jones aware of this loophole due to a Barry County case.

Recently, a foster parent in Barry County was accused of having sex with his 16 and 17 year olds in his foster home. Some charges against the suspect could not be brought because the victims were scared to say “no” to the subject.

"Most foster children have already experienced some kind of trauma," Jones said.  "We must do everything we can to protect them and ensure a safe environment. This horrific case highlighted a major loophole that must be closed as soon as possible."