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Adoption Law says: Birth moms do have a choice!

letter from governor 2017 (click link to read letter from Governor Asa Hutchinson.

2010 Arkansas Code
Title 9 – Family Law
Subtitle 2 – Domestic Relations
Chapter 9 – Adoption
Subchapter 7 – The Streamline Adoption Act
§ 9-9-702 – Fast-tracked adoption of Garrett’s Law babies.
9-9-702. Fast-tracked adoption of Garrett’s Law babies.

(a) As used in this section, “newborn” means an infant who is thirty (30) days of age or younger.

(b) If a report of neglect under 12-18-103(13)(B) is made to the Arkansas State Police Child Abuse Hotline, the mother has the option to place the newborn for:

(1) Adoption through a licensed child placement agency as defined in 9-28-402(7); or

(2) A private adoption with a person licensed to practice medicine or law.

(c) If a newborn is taken into the custody of the Department of Human Services as the result of a call to the hotline of neglect under 12-18-103(13)(B), the mother has the option to place the newborn for:

(1) Adoption through a licensed child placement agency under 9-28-402(7); or

(2) A private adoption with a person licensed to practice medicine or law.

(d) (1) (A) If the proposed adoptive family has not completed the adoptive home study process, including the required criminal background check, the newborn shall be placed in a foster home that is licensed and approved under 9-28-401 et seq. or in the custody of the department.

(B) The newborn shall remain in a licensed or approved foster home or in the custody of the department until the required home study and criminal background checks are completed on the proposed adoptive parents.

(2) If the newborn is in the custody of the department, an order transferring custody to the proposed adoptive parents is required before the newborn is placed in the home of the proposed adoptive parents.

(3) If the newborn is in the custody of the department, any petition for adoption shall be filed in the open dependency-neglect case.

(4) The adoption shall be granted only if the proposed adoptive placement is in the best interests of the newborn.

(e) (1) (A) If the mother wishes for a relative to adopt her newborn, the newborn shall be placed in a foster home that is licensed and approved under 9-28-401 et seq. or in the custody of the department unless the relative has a completed approved adoptive home study at the time placement is needed.

(B) If a home study has not been completed on the relative, an adoptive home study shall be completed on the proposed relative if the proposed relative is an appropriate placement for the newborn.

(C) The home study on the relative cannot be waived.

(2) The adoption by a relative of the newborn shall be denied unless:

(A) The proposed relative adoptive parents have an approved adoptive home study or the department approves the proposed relative adoptive parents to adopt under state law on adoption, child welfare agency licensing law and regulations, and department policy and procedures;

(B) The court determines the proposed relative adoptive parents have the capacity and willingness to abide by orders regarding care, supervision, and custody so that child protection will not be an issue if the adoption is granted; and

(C) The court enters an order describing the level of contact, if any, which is permitted to occur between the birth parent and the proposed relative adoptive parents and the consequences for violation of the order of contact under 5-26-502.

(f) The department shall remain involved in each placement that is made under this section to monitor whether the mother withdraws her consent to the adoption.

(g) If the mother withdraws her consent to the adoption, the department shall initiate an action to ensure the protection of the child, including without limitation, taking the child into custody if custody is warranted to protect the health and safety of the child.

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40 year prayer adoption search answered

You read my story and know I was adopted. Every year since age 17 around my birthday, I would start the search for my biological family. I have talked with Jesus about finding them. I have accepted that the prayers may not be answered and I might not know who they were.  We understand that God answers prayers when He wants to answer them. Well 2016 my prayers were answered in the oddest way. We love cruising.  If you don’t specify the cruise line with sit you with other people

We sat with 6 other people including a couple from Utah.  This lady talked a lot especially about genealogy and finding people.  After a couple of nights talking about it, I told her my story.  She said I have a friend that can help you find your family. This got my attention and said ok. Not really putting a lot into it, because I tried by hiring a detective, moving to the city I thought she was born etc.  Once I got home, Sue sent me her friend’s name, Shannon.  I contacted her and gave her all the info I had.  I even sent my original birth certificate. The next day she sent info that she found my family.  I could not believe it because the info did not match. Well it did not match because the info my original birth certificate was incorrect.  I took a DNA test earlier in the year and I sent her that to. She match it with a 2nd cousin.  She ask if she could write her.  I told her yes and she did. On 9/15/16 my life changed. I got a call from my biological sister. I freaked out, thank Jesus and freaked out again. I confirmed that she was my sister by a couple questions I asked her. She said Mom told her about us and that she just could not take care of us so she Made a Plan of Adoption.

We flew to Chicago the following weekend to meet. It was great to see pictures of my mother and siblings. My mother is deceased and 2 of my siblings. I was happy to find out some of my medical issues were from my mother.  I feel so good now telling the doctor about some medical history.  I contacted my brother by letter and  received a letter from him a month ago. I am still receiving calls, text and Facebook messages from new family. I am so full of Joy. I thank Shannon for finding my family.   40 years of praying, finally answered.

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Christmas 2016 was great, hearing from my new family.  More family reached out to me through ancestry.  Family that did not know that we just found the family.  They were just curious and took the DNA test to find family.  This is so cool.  I am glad that I was adopted and raised Old fashioned.  My life would have been so different and I probably would not have ended where I am now.

I love my mother even more for her adoption decision.

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