Over the past few years a number of changes have occurred in Utah that will have a significant impact on Utah adoptions.
Over the past three years a number of amendments and new laws have looked at clarifying the rights and responsibilities of birth mothers and fathers prior to placement for an adoption. Of particular interest in these amendments have been the rights of unmarried biological fathers, and what notice is required prior to an adoption moving forward. Two bills signed into law this past year aim to clarify requirements for out of state birth mothers coming to Utah to place children.
In addition to the changing laws, one of Utah’s largest adoption agencies, LDS Family Services announced in June that they would phase out adoption services. Adoptive couples still have many agency resources and other community resources available to them as they consider adoption.
If you have questions or if you have an upcoming adoption placement, we would be happy to have a consultation to discuss how these changes can impact your situation.