DENVER (CBS4) – A woman who was separated from her brother in foster care now has a mission to help make sure siblings can stay together. She’s supporting a bill which creates a foster siblings bill of rights.

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The bill was brought forward by current and former foster children. It gives an adult sibling of a foster child the right to be considered as a foster care or adoptive parent.

State lawmakers read a letter by Dominique Mallard about her separation from her little brother.

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“I couldn’t even see him one last time, hug him or kiss his forehead and tell him I loved him and that everything will be okay,” a state lawmaker read.

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The bill codifies a current law barring case workers from punishing a child by not allowing them to visit their sibling.

The bill passed the House unanimously and is headed to the Senate.