Friday, September 10, 2021
From The Guam Daily Post:
Sens. Telo Taitague, Sabina Perez and Joanne Brown and Speaker Therese Terlaje have introduced Bill 179-36, legislation that would require adoption agencies to be licensed by the Department of Public Health and Social Services, and mandate the agency to adopt interim rules and other licensure requirements.
Public Law 36-39 streamlines the adoption process and also incorporates adoption agencies into the process.
P.L. 36-40 expands the Newborn Infant Safe Haven Act by allowing a mother to relinquish custody of the child to emergency medical service personnel under certain parameters. The law also inserts adoption agencies into the chain of custody for infants relinquished under the Safe Haven Act.
The Bill addresses the abuse issues among adoption agencies. Currently, anyone can open adoption agencies and this opens the door for fraud and abuse. Following the Haiti earthquake in 2010, 47 children were adopted. It was discovered the children weren't orphans, and those who 'found' them were child traffickers," Bill 179 stated, quoting an article from an unnamed local media organization.
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