~disclaimer~ This blog has been created by independent residents of Oregon who have participated in numerous OR adoptions and are familiar with current OR adoption law from first hand experience, both birth parents and adoptive parents. This group is OPPOSED to hb 2904. This group is not sponsored by any other group, third party organization, non profit, for profit, adoption or other such agency, and/or legally organized adoption related affiliation. We are just passionate citizens using our voice!

You are, of course, entitled to formulating your own opinions about hb 2904 and to then act accordingly.
Blog In Progress: soon to come:
~More suggestions on how to use your citizen voice.
~Where did this bill come from? and info behind the writing of HB2904.
~Why don't we like it? While the purpose of this blog is one of information, and not opinions, we feel that we should at least explain ourselves and our opposition to hb2904.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Direct from Rep. Dohertys office:

Thursday Feb 17th, 2011

We recently had a meeting including some, but not all of the stakeholders involved in this process. The bill in its current form will not be moving forward, however Rep Doherty is hoping to gather a group of stakeholders through either a formal or informal work group process to discuss the opportunities for common ground as well as the lingering issues. As identified in the meeting, some of these overaching issues include:

·         Adoption has many competing needs, biological parents, adoptive parents, and the child (and often the adoption agency/financially invested parties).

·         Make sure birth mothers have adequate counseling/information to know what their rights are without taking that opportunity away from birth parents who are ready to make the decision, also ensuring adoptive parents are not penalized

·         Clear statutory framework for making decisions and revocation (time to decide and process)

·         Oversight/monitoring of adoption agencies/processes

·         Ensure availability/knowledge of adequate counseling

·         Ensure availability/knowledge of independent representation/legal counsel

·         Stability for child, biological AND adoptive parents

·         Fiscal concerns – increasing work load/process for court staff

If you are interested in playing an active role (attending meetings, providing policy input) in this conversation please let me know and I will add you to our list as we find a way to incorporate all the necessary voices into the conversation in a constructive, respectful manner.

House District 35
Tigard, King City, SW Portland
503) 986-1435