HARRISBURG – PA’s adoption process would be streamlined under legislation which will be reintroduced in the new legislative session. The measure is part of a package of bills intended to improve the state’s adoption system. Dauphin County Sen. John DiSanto explained how his bill would expedite the legal process by requiring courts to set a hearing date no more than 30 days after birth parents file with the courts to relinquish their parental rights to an adoption agency or an adult wishing to adopt a child. Current law requires the court set a hearing date no less than 10 days, but does not stipulate a scheduling deadline for this hearing to occur. The bill also provides procedures for a diligent search for alleged birth fathers as well as notice of a scheduled adoption hearing. The DiSanto measure had been approved unanimously in the state Senate last October, but was not addressed by the state House.

SEN. JOHN DISANTO