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Senate Bill 0280

ARCHIVE (2009)

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DIGEST OF SB280 (Updated April 21, 2009 4:32 pm - DI 84)

Adoption. Expands the definition of "pre-adoptive sibling". Requires the clerk of courts to file a notice with the state department of health (department) concerning filings of petitions to establish paternity. Requires the department to provide: (1) certain information regarding filings of petitions to establish paternity; and (2) certain information not later than five days. (Current law requires the information be provided not later than 10 days.) Requires a court in which a paternity action is pending to stay all proceedings in the paternity action upon notice that a court in which an adoption is pending has assumed jurisdiction of the paternity action. Allows the department to release information concerning putative father registrations to: (1) attorneys who represent mothers, putative fathers, and child placing agencies; and (2) child placing agencies that represent mothers and putative fathers. Allows an attorney, a licensed child placing agency, or a county office of family and children that contacts an adoptee or a birth parent upon a request to release identifying information if an adoptee who is at least 21 years of age and a birth parent consent. Makes clarifying and conforming changes to correspond with current law. Provides that a biological father's consent to the termination of the parent-child relationship is not required if the father consents to the termination in a certain manner before the birth of the child. Prohibits a child's mother from executing a consent to the termination of the parent-child relationship before the birth of the child.
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