New bill aims to add more steps to Oklahoma adoption process, avoid another ‘Baby Veronica’ case
OKLAHOMA CITY – After a lengthy custody battle between a biological parent and adoptive parents, Oklahoma legislators say they have created a bill that would prevent that situation from ever happening again.
House Bill 3011 would require any consent to adoption to take place no earlier than 10 days after the child’s birth.
Currently, biological fathers have a right to waive their rights to a child through ‘extrajudicial consent.’
‘Extrajudicial consent’ simply means they do not have to go to court in order to waive those parental rights.
However, HB 3011 would eliminate that option and force those wanting to agree to an adoption to go before a judge.
The legislation would also require paternity testing, which would allow fathers the chance to contest an adoption before it is finalized.
Organizers say the bill came about after the ‘Baby Veronica’ custody case.