Improving PA’s Adoption Policies
To help place
children in loving homes, the House this week passed eight bills to improve
Pennsylvania’s unfriendly adoption policies. The bipartisan package would help
ensure that all parties – birth parents, adoptive parents and children – can
benefit from a smoother process.
The cornerstone bill in the package
would shorten the period in which a birth parent can revoke his or her consent
to an adoption from 30 days to 14. This window of time would start after consent
for adoption has been given, not from the time the child is born.
Another bill, which I am sponsoring, would add reasonable living
expenses incurred by a birth mother to the list of permissible reimbursable
expenses paid by a prospective adoptive family during the course of the adoption