New Adoption Legislation in the District of Columbia

The D.C. Council is considering legislation that would make adoption easier. The proposed legislation would:

  • Eliminate the current cap on agency placement fees and thus promote more adoptive placements with DC residents
  • Eliminate the necessity of a court action in DC in most cases in which a child has been adopted from a foreign country
  • Make post-adoption contact agreements enforceable
  • Establish a registry to facilitate voluntary reunions between adult adoptees and their birth parents.

I testified at a hearing on the proposed legislation which was held on 3/4/10. Here is a link to a copy of the written version of my testimony:

DC Council Testimony – March 4, 2010

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