On March 27, 2017, Ms. Cochran-Green testified before the Texas Senate State Affairs Committee on two adoption-related bills, SB 329 and
SB 1362. You can watch the live testimony here. Ms. Cochran-Green's testimony is the Part 1 of the State Affairs Meeting on March 27. Her testimony is in the second hour and she testified separately on each bill.
SB1362 is authored by Sen. Campbell in which she proposes changes to the voluntary adoption registry. Ms. Cochran-Green testified her opposition to the bill as much of the proposed bill is already codified in the Texas Family Code and is common practice among adoption agencies.
SB329 is authored by Senator Creighton in which he proposes to allow adult adopted persons to obtain their original birth certificates at the age of 18. Ms. Cochran-Green supports this bill as it allows adopted persons in closed adoptions primarily from the 1930s-1990s to seek reunions with their birth parents and obtain medical history that is needed. This will facilitate direct contact and hopefully avoid the expensive and time-consuming process of using third party intermediaries and court intervention to open adoption records. The new bill will allow contact between the adopted person and birth parent (if wanted) and potentially avoid what is happening now on social media and DNA websites where biological parents are being "outed" due to matches within their families and the adopted child.
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