HB1160 - ADOPTION - Kelly, Glenda
HB1160 PROVIDES AN OPPORTUNITY FOR GREATER ACCESS TO INFORMATION IN CERTAIN ADOPTION CASES.
Sponsor: Kelly, Glenda (27) Effective Date: 00/00/00
CoSponsor:Boucher, Bill (48) LR Number: 2946-02
Last Action: COMMITTEE: CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILIES
01/23/96 - Reported Do Pass with amendments (H)
HB1160
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BILL SUMMARIES

COMMITTEE

HB 1160, HCA 1 -- ADOPTION

SPONSOR:  Kelly

COMMITTEE ACTION:  Voted "do pass" by the Committee on Children,
Youth and Families by a vote of 14 to 3.

The bill allows contact between the adopted person and the birth
family during the 9-month period when the adopted parent has
custody of the child but the adoption is not final. This contact
is at the discretion of the adoptive parents. Currently, the
court can prohibit this contact unless the child was in foster
care and has a distinct memory of the child's biological parents.

The bill also allows a biological parent to obtain identifying
information from the court about his or her biological child who
was adopted and is 21 or older. Information can only be obtained
if the child consents. The biological parent is required to pay
the costs of the search.

The bill allows a person arranging a placement of a child for
adoption (facilitator) to give the adoptive parents a written
report containing information about: the child's medical status;
the biological parents' or child's medical and social history;
any information necessary to decide the child's eligibility for
governmental benefits; and the legal history and status of the
child and parents.

The bill also:

(1) Allows the facilitator to supplement the report in writing
if relevant information later becomes available;

(2) Prohibits the facilitator from disclosing the identity of
individuals giving the facilitator information unless the
facilitator obtains the person's consent in writing;

(3) Gives the facilitator immunity from liability for incorrect
information provided by others or for unintentional errors; and

(4) Requires the facilitator to file the report with the court
having jurisdiction of the adoption and with the guardian ad
litem.

HCA 1 -- Deletes the language that gives the facilitator
immunity from liability and makes several other minor changes.

FISCAL NOTE:  No impact on state funds.

PROPONENTS:  Supporters say that open adoptions have worked well
in a number of states, including several that surround Missouri.
Supporters say that birth parents should have the same rights as
adopted adults when searching for their biological child.

Testifying for the bill were Representative Kelly; Catholic
Charities of St. Joseph; and Lutheran Family and Children's
Services.

OPPONENTS:  There was no opposition voiced to the committee.

Ted Wedel, Research Analyst


INTRODUCED

HB 1160 -- Adoption

Co-Sponsors:  Kelly, Boucher, Ostmann, and Murray

The bill allows contact between the adopted person and the birth
family during the 9-month period when the adopted parent has
custody of the child but the adoption is not final. This contact
is at the discretion of the adoptive parents. Currently, the
court can prohibit this contact unless the child was in foster
care and has a distinct memory of the child's biological parents.

The bill also allows a biological parent to obtain identifying
information from the court about his or her biological child who
was adopted and is 21 or older. Information can only be obtained
if the child consents. The biological parent is required to pay
the costs of the search.

The bill allows a person arranging a placement of a child for
adoption (facilitator) to give the adoptive parents a written
report containing information about: the child's medical status;
the biological parents' or child's medical and social history;
any information necessary to decide the child's eligibility for
governmental benefits; and the legal history and status of the
child and parents.

The bill also:

(1) Allows the facilitator to supplement the report in writing
if relevant information later becomes available;

(2) Prohibits the facilitator from disclosing the identity of
individuals giving the facilitator information unless the
facilitator obtains the person's consent in writing;

(3) Gives the facilitator immunity from liability for incorrect
information provided by others or for unintentional errors; and

(4) Requires the facilitator to file the report with the court
having jurisdiction of the adoption and with the guardian ad
litem.


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