Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Still waiting

We are still waiting for the Gov. to sign the Bill.  Looking on the Governor's web site, he has not signed anything since May 11th.  So all the other Bills sent to him in the last week of the session have not had any action either. 

Adoptees who know that their birth parents are deceased either by the results of a search or their own research are anxious for this change to be enacted.

Adoptees who do not yet know if their birth parents are alive or deceased can feel a little more comfortable requesting a search because in most cases, unless the birth parent says no to contact, the identifying information should be made available to them.  At least this was the intention of the change in statute. 

The next step on my agenda once the statute goes into play is to "educate" the Courts, juvenile officers, circuit clerks of the changes in the statute. This will hopefully help adoptees to have a better result when they request a search from counties that don't really get enough requests to have developed a procedure for effectively, competently and compassionately handling a search much less a reunion.   

We continue.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Almost there!

SB351 has now passed through all the legislative steps and is on it's way to the Governor's desk.  We hope that he has no objections and will sign it into law.  I am anxious to see how it reads in it's final form as there were several amendments added at the end that I did not have a chance to read before they were submitted but I think they were just minor adjustments to make the statute easier to read and understand.  So unless you hear differently, the changes will go into effect in August 2011.  So if you know you know your birth parents are deceased or did not want to search due to the risk of learning nothing, you are now ready to have the answers.  If you have avoided even requesting a search due to the need for adoptive parent approval, you are now able to proceed without their notification.  If you are the descendant of an adoptee who died before they were able to learn any information, you are now able to make a request for information as your adopted relative could if they were still alive. 
I am so very happy that we were able to get this through in one try.  There are folks that have been trying for the whole deal every year with no luck.  For years I have been wishing we could just go in and ask for these three very things knowing that to ask for more would never get anywhere.  Someone finally listened.  Thank you. 
If you have questions, please send me an email and I would be happy to reply.