State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) today filed for maternity leave with House leadership after announcing her adoption of a baby boy.
“I am grateful, and indeed, overcome with joy to share with you and our colleagues that after years of being a waiting-adoptive parent, I am becoming a mom,” said Rep. Boyd in her official letter. “Therefore, it is vital that I take this irreplaceable time to bond and build a familial and chemical connection with our new baby. Our attachment as mother and son will directly influence his social-emotional development for years to come.
“However, with my family’s help and support, I plan to be in attendance and participate in hearings and votes regarding Aisha’s Law. As you are well aware, this priority legislation is a continuum of strengthened protections for victims of domestic violence, which Rep. Carruthers and I believe will save countless lives. It should not be delayed.”
As an adopted child herself, Rep. Boyd has dedicated her political career to expanding family and kinship care services in Ohio. She successfully championed bipartisan priority legislation House Bill (HB) 14 earlier this year, which created the statewide Kinship Navigator Program to help caregivers locate support services available to them.
HB 3, known as Aisha’s Law, was introduced in May and has been referred to the House Criminal Justice Committee. Rep. Boyd remains committed to working with her legislative colleagues during her leave of absence to ensure the bills’ successful passage.