Governor Bruce Rauner signed a key piece of adoption legislation sponsored by State Sen. Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap) and State Rep. Keith Sommer (R-Morton) which helps American parents with foreign adoptions.
Senator LaHood stated shortly after the Senate’s passage of House Bill 3079, “I been fortunate to be involved with a number of pro-adoption bills during my Senate service and this legislation is another example of how we are trying to reduce some of the hurdles that face Illinois families during the adoption process. We needed to update our state laws to reflect federal standards, thus enabling Illinoisans better protections during the foreign adoption process.”
The legislation was inspired by Shelley Hauter of Mackinaw and Kris McClelland of Dunlap, both of whom have had issues with the foreign adoption process as a result of Illinois’ law. Both women traveled to the Capitol on several occasions during the legislative process to help shepherd the bill’s passage.
House Bill 3079 streamlines re-adoption process for inter-country adoptions to comply with the Inter-country Adoption Universal Accreditation Act of 2012. It also establishes better practices for post-adoption services that are offered by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
The legislation also removes several state-level redundancies that are covered under the latest federal provisions on inter-country adoptions. HB 3079 takes effect immediately.