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S.194

Introduced by Senator Sears of Bennington County and Senator Cummings of Washington County

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject: Domestic relations; adoption; jurisdiction

Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to require that at least one of the significant parties to an adoption - child, birth parent or adopting parent - has a connection to Vermont before a child may be relinquished in Vermont.

AN ACT RELATING TO ADOPTION JURISDICTION

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. 15A V.S.A. 3-101 is amended to read:

3-101. JURISDICTION

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(d) The probate courts of this state shall have jurisdiction over a proceeding for relinquishment, consent to adoption or termination of parental rights associated with an adoption if immediately preceding the commencement of the proceeding the requirements of the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act are satisfied so as to vest the courts of this state with jurisdiction of the child, and:

(1) the adoptee resided in this state; or

(2) the agency receiving a relinquishment is licensed as a child placing agency in this state; or

(3) the prospective adoptive parents, if known, have lived or had legal residence in this state for at least six consecutive months; or

(4) one parent of the adoptee has had legal residence in the state for at least six months; or

(5) any requirement of the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act is satisfied so as to vest the courts of the state with jurisdiction over the child.

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