child welfare, law, and lots of graphs

child welfare, law, and lots of graphs


HB 1163 on Adoption

HB 1163 on Adoptions was filed, introduced, and referred to several committees this month. Some of the changes are subtle, some are ambitious. They include:

  • explicit procedures for creation and enforcement of continuing contact orders and agreements (“open adoption”)
  • an additional class of men whose consent is required for the adoption, namely the man whose name appears on the birth certificate
  • requirement of personal appearance at adoption hearings to avoid a default or implied consent
  • limitations on the availability of DNA/HLA tests in certain situations (and a requirement that the man claiming paternity pay for it, regardless of who requests the test)
  • changes to the private adoption bypass of dependency proceedings.

Over the next few weeks I’ll go through what I like, what I don’t like, and what I think will cause chaos and confusion. Stay tuned.

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