July 17, 2013
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BY: Judy Harrison
Maine Governor Paul LePage is scheduled to sign LD 872 into law in order to reform the GAL system by including caps on what GALs can charge, increased oversight, written standards of practice and requirements for continuing education. Guardian ad litems, or GALs, are appointed by judges to represent the best interests of children in legal proceedings for divorce, determination of parental rights and responsibilities, child protection, and other similar legal actions. The bill will go into effect January 1, 2015.
Bangor Daily News, July 7th, 2013
BY: Paul Sancya
Detroit Free Press, July 10th, 2013
BY: Kallie Cart
The safe haven laws in place in West Virginia provide protection to a mother who leaves her baby, before it is 30 days old, at a health care facility or a hospital. Although these laws have been somewhat effective in protecting babies, more education is needed about adoption. It is believed that if birth mothers are provided with information about the option for adoption, fewer children would be abandoned, neglected, and placed in these safe haven locations.
WCHSTV.com, July 9th, 2013
BY: Samuel C. Totaro Jr. and Hollis J. Fishman
Most adoption cases produce well-adjusted families, with adopted children experiencing no significant issues. However, there have been many recent incidents in which adoption agencies, either intentionally or negligently, fail to divulge all medical and social background on the adopted child to the adoptive family, which could ultimately result in disrupted placements. As failures to disclose continue to occur, adoptive parents have begun to turn to the courts to seek redress for these injuries through wrongful adoption lawsuits and litigation which was not recognized as a legitimate cause of action until 1986.
The Legal Intelligencer, July 9th, 2013
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Numerous bills were introduced by Michigan House Republicans to make the adoption process easier by eliminating red tape, making the adoption process more efficient, and providing more stability and support to children in foster care. One bill would allow out of court consent and temporary placement in direct adoptions while also setting a limit of five days for the birth mother to revoke her consent to adopt. Other bills reduce the supervisory period for families adoption infants and ensure that the birth mother will not lose custody of the child if the adoption does not go through.
Holland Sentinel, July 11th, 2013
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The preceding are summaries of adoption/child welfare law news articles prepared by The National Center for Adoption Law & Policy. These summaries are provided for your information only and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Center. We strive to print news that reflects the diversity of our readership and a variety of viewpoints and approaches to child welfare issues. While we may not agree with a position taken, we believe in the critical importance to our constituents of impartial reporting.