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Adoption Task Force created to examine adoption process, timeline

MADISON (WKOW) — Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) announced the creation of the Speaker’s Task Force on Adoption. This announcement comes after WKOW spoke to Sen. Andre Jacque about his proposal aiming to change how Wisconsin handles adoptions.

In a press release, Speaker Vos said the special bipartisan committee will focus on addressing the barriers facing biological and adoptive parents in the adoption process.

“We want to give our most vulnerable children every chance available to become productive members of society,” said Speaker Vos. “We also want to make adoption more accessible to families and expectant mothers.”

Legislators on the special committee are tasked with the following:

·         Examine the termination of parental rights
·         Identify ways to shorten the timeline for adoptions
·         Evaluate the costs of adoption and ways to reduce the amount
·         Increase awareness and resources pertaining to adoption

Vos named Rep. Barbara Dittrich (R-Oconomowoc) the chair of the special legislative committee.  The other members of the bipartisan task force will be named in the coming weeks.

Emilee Fannon

Capital Bureau Chief

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