Snyder signs legislation to speed up adoptions

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation designed to speed up adoptions.

One bill shortens to three months from six months the time needed for finalizing the adoption of a child younger than one year old.

Another bill lets parents consent to out-of-court adoptions and gives birth parents five business days to change their minds about terminating custody. The third bill clarifies an unmarried father's adoption rights.

Snyder says the new laws "will help avoid unnecessary delay in the process" and will encourage "a smooth transition for everyone."

The Senate is still considering other adoption bills in the package.

Republican Rep. Kenneth Kurtz of Coldwater says the legislation "gives a safety net for the mother" and creates better opportunities for Michigan children.

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