The California Assembly's Judiciary Committee is taking comments until January 22, 2010 on AB 1325 "Tribal Customary Adoption".
SUMMARY : Establishes procedures, until January 1, 2014, to allow Indian children in the child welfare system to be provided with the permanence offered by adoption without first terminating the birth parents' rights through the use of tribal customary adoption.
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This bill has been signed by Governor Schwarzenegger. Now, the Judiciary Committee has to evaluate it and come up with methods to implement it.
It has been suggested that those of us fighting for equal access comment in order to enlighten the JUDICIARY committee of the DISCRIMINATION this bill creates, compelling them to repeal it.
Of course, ideally, this is what we want for all adoption, but unlike some, believe that social and legal changes can and have been made incrementally. This baby step is a way to set a precedent and hopefully will encourage these rights for all future adoptees.
I think this would be excellent first step and serve as a model. U totally support passage of this Bill while seeing it as an opportunity for a massive letter writing campaign demanding equal access for ALL adoptees and an end to the bizarre practice of issuing adopted persons falsified birth certificates.
What do you think?