LANSING (WKZO) -- The Michigan House has given final approval to a package of three bills that would streamline adoptions by generally speeding up the process. It would give birth-mothers the option to sign an out-of-court consent to relinquish parental rights.
A second bill would reduce the supervisory period to adopt infants from 6 months to 3 months, and the third bill would protect the birth-mothers rights during the adoption period.
Co-sponsor Margaret O’ Brien says Michigan’s adoption rate has stagnated and this should get more children into loving homes.
Coldwater Republican Ken Kurtz says the final package passed with bi-partisan support.
Some Judges worry that the out-of-court consent may subject the birth-mothers to undue influence from adoption attorneys and agencies whose livelihoods depend on successful adoptions. It was approved anyway.
The package now heads for the Governor’s desk.