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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: December 29, 2016 03:28 PM
From: Representative Dan L. Miller
To: All House members
Subject: Adoption Reform: Change to the Definition of Intermediary - Reintroductoin of Former HB 1532
 
I soon will introduce legislation amending the definition of the term “Intermediary” as defined in Title 23 (Domestic Relations) of the Pa.C.S. to include licensed attorneys or licensed social workers who are acting in the capacity of an “intermediary.”

As defined in the current statute, an intermediary is “any person or persons or agency acting between the parent or parents and the proposed adoptive parent or parents in arranging an adoption placement.”

This legislation is being reintroduced from last session (former HB1532) and is part of a package of legislation that is being reintroduced to reform Pennsylvania’s adoption laws and improve the adoption process. This bill passed the House unanimously (191-0) last session, but died in the Senate.

In addition to the inclusion of attorneys and social workers in the definition, my legislation also amends the definition to stipulate that the person or persons referred to in the definition, other than an attorney or social worker acting as an intermediary, be employed by an adoption agency.

I believe this legislation, as well as the other bills in the aforementioned legislative package, will significantly improve Pennsylvania’s adoption laws and make it easier for adoptive parents to provide stable and loving homes for children in need of them.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.

Previous co-sponsors include: BISHOP, WATSON, PASHINSKI, MURT, THOMAS, CRUZ, D. PARKER, COHEN, PETRI, BARBIN and MICCARELLI.

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Introduced as HB63