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Nebraska committee moves bill to ensure permanent adoptions

Feb 23, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers will debate a bill aimed at making sure adoptive parents do not lose parental rights if they change their minds about allowing contact with a child's birth parents.

The Legislature's Judiciary Committee voted 6-1 Monday to advance the measure by Syracuse Sen. Dan Watermeier.

The bill would ensure that even if adoptive parents and birth parents have an agreement to allow communication after the adoption, birth parents could not sue if the agreement is broken. Advocates say the measure would create stability for adopted children.

Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha says he will fight the bill, noting that many birth parents from his district are disadvantaged.

Watermeier has designated the measure as his legislative priority, increasing the odds that lawmakers debate it.

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The bill is LB 744.

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