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1 state moves to improve adoption process to help children

When a couple decides that it is time to try and start a family, the majority of them likely assume that they will have biological children. However, for a variety of different reasons, many families will choose to bring children into their family through adoption. California, like every other state, has its own laws regulating how the process works.

One state is now taking steps to streamline its own adoption laws and shorten wait times. Lawmakers want to take these steps in an effort to provide greater stability to the lives of those most affected -- the children. A majority of those who are in need of families are those children who have entered into state care through the foster care program.

However, many of the changes are being sought by the private agencies that hesitate to place children when biological parents are given more time to change their minds. The current waiting time is 30 days after parents have agreed to vacate their rights to their biological child. The updated laws would reduce that time by approximately two weeks. The new proposals to the current provisions would also require that more effort is put into locating the assumed biological father when he is absent.

Not all lawmakers are not supportive of some of the possible changes, and it remains to be seen whether the current laws will be amended. For now, there are well over 2,400 Pennsylvania children who are anxiously waiting for their new families. California parents who are considering bringing a child into their homes through adoption can seek more information regarding the process from a family law professional.

Source: meadvilletribune.com, "Adoption changes may cut time for biological parents to change minds", John Finnerty, March 16, 2017

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