AN ACT TO PROHIBIT THE UNLAWFUL TRANSFER OF CUSTODY OF A MINOR CHILD AND TO MAKE CONFORMING STATUTORY CHANGES.
Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to the 3rd edition.
Amends the definition for unlawful transfer of custody in proposed GS 14-321.2(b), providing that it means the transfer of physical custody of a minor child, in willful violation of applicable adoption law or by gross negligent omission in the care of the child as specified (previously, required the transfer to be a permanent transfer of physical custody in order for it to be considered unlawful).
Deletes provisions requiring DHHS to collect data on the incidence of disrupted adoptions and the unlawful transfer of custody of children in North Carolina as well as the outcomes for the children and families associated with disrupted adoptions. Amends language which required DHHS to develop a program to provide support to families at risk of adoption disruptions, now requiring that the program is developed to provide support for those families at risk of adoption dissolutions.