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Monday, August 15, 2005

Law - Illinois beefs up state authority over private adoption agencies

The Chicago Tribune reports this morning:

Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed legislation Sunday that strengthens state authority over private adoption agencies and prevents them from profiteering from placing babies with families. * * *

The act, in the works for more than a year, was designed to close loopholes involved in private adoptions. It provides a "bill of rights" for both biological and adoptive parents that requires agencies to disclose all policies and fees before adoption. As part of the act, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services will establish a statewide adoption complaint registry and a toll-free number so the public can access adoption license violations.

The act also requires all private adoption agencies to become non-profit organizations within two years.

"It's about care and not cash," Blagojevich said. "It's supposed to be about love and what's in the best interest for the child."

Stories in the Indianapolis Star earlier this month dealt with "a licensed, Indianapolis-based child-placing agency" that allegedly "performed a flawed adoption home study for a New Jersey man who adopted twin girls in Indiana." Access a story here, headlined "State is probing adoption reviews: Company faces tougher scrutiny after officials find flaws in twins' case."

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 15, 2005 07:24 AM
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