|Posted:||September 18, 2015 02:41 PM|
|From:||Representative Scott A. Petri|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Adoption Package – Termination of Parental Rights|
|I plan to soon reintroduce my legislation designed to streamline and expedite the procedures for terminating parental rights in the course of the legal process to adopt a child in Pennsylvania. This legislation is being reintroduced from last session (former HB 729) and is part of a package of legislation that is being reintroduced to reform Pennsylvania’s adoption laws and improve the adoption process.
My legislation amends Section 2503 of Title 23 (Domestic Relations) of Pa. C.S. by requiring the courts to set a hearing date no more than 20 days after the birth parent(s) file with the court a petition voluntarily relinquishing their parental rights pursuant to Sections 2501 and 2502 of Title 23. Current law requires the court to set a hearing date no less than 10 days after the relinquishment petition is filed, but does not stipulate a deadline for scheduling such a hearing.
In addition to expediting the adoption hearing, my legislation amends Title 23 by:
Please consider cosponsoring this legislation. If you want to sign on as a cosponsor, please contact Lea Farrell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 787-9033.
Introduced as HB1525