Nebraska Capitol

Nebraska Committee Approves Bill to Protect Parental Rights in Adoption

On Monday, the Nebraska Legislature’s Judiciary Committee voted to forward a bill that would ensure the permanency of adoptions for adoptive parents. If the bill passes, it will ensure that parents will not lose their parental rights in the event that contact agreements with the birth parents change.

Under this bill, parents would not risk losing their parental rights to their child, even if their agreement for contact is broken. The purpose of the bill, lawmakers say, is to protect the home environment and stability of adopted children.

The movement passed in a 6-1 vote, but some legislators are in opposition. Senator Ernie Chambers argues that the bill would leave birth parents disadvantaged. Now that it has passed in the Committee, the bill will move on for further review.