New DC Adoption Law – Update

The DC Council has revised the DC adoption law. On July 12, 2010, Mayor Fenty signed The Adoption Reform Amendment Act of 2010.  It was sent to the U.S. Congress on July 15 for the mandatory congressional review period and is projected to take effect on September 30 of this year.

One change will affect re-adoption cases. Look at Title IV of the Act which eliminates the need for re-adoption in cases in which (1) a final decree of adoption has been granted by a foreign country and (2) the child has been issued an IR-3 visa. The Department of Health will be empowered to issue a new birth certificate without the necessity of a court action.

See the recent FPA newsletter (Page 7) for more information: FPA Newsletter 2010 Vol 2.

Also read the text of the new law at: www.dccouncil.washington.dc.us/images/00001/20100624152755.pdf.

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