The Challenges Of Overhauling Georgia’s Adoption System
This week, the state Senate is expected to pass an overhaul of Georgia’s adoption laws, which have gone decades without an update.
It’s the second year in a row that legislators have tried modernizing the adoption system. Efforts last year stalled after Republican lawmakers added a measure that would allow some private agencies to deny services based on the agency’s religious beliefs.
That provision has been removed, but the bill now includes language that would change how the state defines power of attorney in adoptions.
Melissa Carter is the executive director of the Barton Child Law and Policy Center. She joined host Denis O’Hayer on “Morning Edition” to discuss the proposed changes to Georgia adoption laws and how they might fare this year.