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Fine’s family visitation bill advances

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A bill introduced by State Rep. Laura Fine, whose district includes part of Evanston, would give adult children more rights when their parents are placed under the care of a guardian.

The bill has been approved in committee and is scheduled for consideration by the full House of Representatives.

“There are times when family members aren’t able to care for elderly or sick parents and it is necessary for a guardian to step in,” Fine (D-Glenview) said. “However, this should not prevent adult children from visiting and caring for their parents as they are able to.”

Fine's House Bill 5924 would put in place a way for adult children to petition the courts for visitation rights and notifications about their parents’ health.

Under current law, if parents are under the care of guardian they can be cut out of the lives of their adult children. The guardian decides how and when families can see their loved ones, as well as what information families are given about their loved one’s health. This bill would provide a legal avenue for families and guardians to resolve disputes while protecting the health and safety of the individual in the guardian’s care.

“The idea for this legislation was brought to me by a constituent who was denied access to see his parents,” Fine added. “Our vulnerable elderly must be protected, but there must also be a way for adult children and family members to visit and receive updates about the health of their parents.”

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