A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO AMEND VARIOUS LAWS PERTAINING TO ADOPTION.
House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.
Amends GS 7B-909 toprovide a review of a department's or agency's plan for a juvenile must be scheduled for a hearing within six months of accepting a relinquishment of a juvenile for adoption under the provisions of Part 7 GS Chapter 48, Article 3 unlessone of the the described actions in subsections (a)(1) or (a)(2) is true (was, clarified that a a review of a department's or agency's plan for a juvenile must be scheduled for a hearing in a court session whenever either of the the described actions in subsections (a)(1) or (a)(2) have occurred).
Amends subsection (a)(1) to provide that the juvenile has become the subject of an adoption decree and substantively moves the proposed content of (a)(1) from the 1st edition to (a)(2), regarding when only one parent has relinquished for adoption and the other parent's consent for relinquishment cannot be obtained.
Provides that notification of the court under this section is by a petition for review or a motion for review (was, by a petition for review) if the court is exercising jurisdiction over the juvenile.
Amends GS 48-3-702 regarding procedures for relinquishment to provide that an individual before whom a relinquishment is signed and acknowledged must certify that the parent, guardian, or minor to be adopted who is executing the relinquishment has been advised that counseling services are available (was, may be) throughthe agency to which the relinquishment is given (was, through county departments of social services or licensed child-placing agencies).
Makes technical corrections.