Removing Roadblocks to the Adoption Option
Wednesday, Representative Jim Buchy offered sponsor testimony for HB 307, which eliminates unnecessary costs, protects birth parents and adoptive couples, prevents fraud and minimizes bureaucracy in the Ohio adoption process. Ohio Right to Life is furthering this adoption reform legislation to eliminate roadblocks with adoption. The bill is co-sponsored by Representative Dorothy Pelanda.
Domestic adoptions can be expensive due to an accumulation of fees throughout the process. The proposed legislation will reduce unnecessary expenses and eliminate fraud. Additionally, the current adoption $1,500 tax credit will increase to $10,000 to provide the gift of adoption to middle income families who otherwise could not afford the process.
The new law will provide a birth father with pre-birth notice if the mother chooses an adoption plan during pregnancy. This notice allows the father to declare or deny parental rights before the birth of his child, thus expediting the finalization of the adoption, while ensuring a smoother transition for the child, the birth parents and the adopting family.
Furthermore, the bill allows for the adoption decree to be challenged for up to 60 days, rather than the current provision of 12 months, relieving the adoptive family from an unnecessary emotional burden, while still safeguarding the birth parents’ rights.