A plan before Illinois lawmakers would require siblings who are in state care to be kept together. There would be certain exceptions. April Curtis is 32 and putting her 19-year-old sister through college. She spoke to a Senate panel about the obstacles she conquered in order to get in touch with her siblings:
"For many years I had to wonder whether or not my sister was safe, whether or not my little brother was safe, and didn't know what it was like to spend a Christmas with them, a birthday with them, and just to know their well-being."
The measure that would prevent separation is before the Senate for a vote, the House already approved it. It would still allow brothers and sisters to be split-up in foster care if Department of Children Family Services could prove that it served the children's interest.
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