LANSING, MI (WTVB) - Adoption legislation including a key measure sponsored by State Representative Ken Kurtz of Coldwater was approved by both the Michigan House and Senate yesterday and now awaits the signature of Governor Rick Snyder. The bills are designed to ease the burden facing adoptive parents and birth mothers during the adoption process.
The Kurtz measure would help ensure that a birth mother won't lose custody of the child during the adoption process. Kurtz, who is chair of the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee, said by eliminating some of the emotional burdens that all parties experience during the adoption process, a major hurdle can be removed in the effort to provide more loving homes for Michigan children, giving them a better opportunity to have a brighter future.
Other bills in the package include one that would eliminate the supervisory period for families adopting an infant 1 year or younger from six months to three months. Another measure would allow for out-of-court consent at least 72 hours after the birth and in the presence of an adoption attorney and a social worker from a child-placing agency and would limit how long a birth mother could revoke consent to five business days.