Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill on Thursday that makes it easier for some teenage mothers to receive child care assistance.
Before the new law, a teen had to seek child support from the biological father – sometimes through legal means – before getting assistance through a state program that helps low-income parents.
That was too big of a burden, according to Rep. Daniel Kagan, D-Cherry Hills Village, who sponsored the bill.
“What these young moms do is they don’t go through that process, they don’t get the child care assistance and they drop out of school – which is good for nobody,” Kagan said.
The law also removes hurdles for domestic violence victims seeking child care assistance. The bill received overwhelming bipartisan support at the Capitol.