New York Bills to Watch


Pending Legislation in New York State

In Albany, the Coalition works with legislators and legislative staff to change the law so it works for families in the system.  We review pending legislation in terms of language, intent and the outcome of any new laws enactment. Often, the Coalition will officially weigh in as either supporting or opposing those legislative changes.

Please check the links on the bill numbers to get the current status.

New York State Legislative 2017-2018 Session

A8020/S5790: “Preserving Family Bonds’ Act

Grants family court judges the discretion to order continued visitation and/or contact between children and their birth parents and/or their siblings after a parent’s rights have been terminated. The judge may grant post-termination contact at the disposition hearing in a termination of parental rights proceeding when such contact is deemed by the Court to be in the child or children’s best interests.

The Coalition is NOT in favor of this legislation. Please see the Coalition’s Memo in Opposition to A8020 S5790 for details.

A8313/S6518: “Subsidy Revocation”

Authorizes the social services department to terminate the subsidies that may be provided to a parent who adopts a disabled or hard to place child under certain circumstances, most specifically, determined to be “lack of support”.

The Coalition is NOT in favor of this legislation. Please see the Coaltion’s  Position on Subsidy Revocations for more information on this      issue. 

A5036/ S4845: the BAD “Adoptee WRONG” Bill

This bill creates a new court procedure for obtaining birth certificates and medical histories of adoptees; permits an adopted adult to access a copy of their OBC if birthparents and the judge deems it so.

The Coalition is NOT in favor of this legislation. Please see the letter to Senate sponsor Andrew Lanza regarding this legislation. In addition, this bill was passed in both the Assembly and the Senate, so any opposition communication against this becoming law must go directly to the Governor before he signs it. 

Along with the Donaldson Adoption Institute ( DAI), Voice for Adoption, North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC), Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), the Coalition has presented a letter to Governor Cuomo requesting a veto action on the “bad” Adoptee Rights Bill A5036B. Read the letter to Governor Cuomo here.

With the Donaldson Adoption Institute, we have broken down fifteen reasons why  A5036B must be vetoed by the Governor. Additional information on the New York bill and how you can help block it’s passage can be found at Adoptee Rights Law. 

Veto A5036B

 Your help is needed! Join the VETO A5036B Campaign! 

In partnership with New York Adoption Equality and Adoptee Rights Law, the Coalition has created pre-addressed postcards to be sent to the Governor. We would be thrilled to send out packages to individuals, parent groups or organization. All they need is your return address, a personal message should you choose, a stamp and to be dropped in the mail.  Order Your Veto Postcards – click here!

A6821A/S5169A: The “Adoptee Rights” Bill

This legislation will allow adult adoptees to request, through the Department of Health, a long form, noncertified copy of his or her original birth certificate (OBC) just like those non-adopted.

The Coalition SUPPORTS this legislation. Please see the Coalition’s OBC One Sheet  to further understand the differences in these two bill.

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