House proposal would require licensure of religion-based boarding houses

Representative Sarah Unsicker (D-Shrewsbury) was joined this morning by Representative Ingrid Burnett (D-Kansas City) and Emily Adams to talk about House Bill 15, which would require that all residential care facilities – such as care homes for children – be licensed by the state, including those run by religious orders.

The bill is in response to instances of abuse in Missouri, such as those coming to light from the Agape Boarding House in Stockton. Adams was a victim of abuse at a facility in Mississippi that was run by a couple who later operated a facility in Missouri.