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New law in Georgia could lead to discrimination during adoptions

Adoption opens the door to people who want to have children and can't or who want to expand their families for other reasons. Adoption is a joy to these individuals; they get to have a family that grows and raise a child of their own. Additionally, children who had been displaced are able to grow up with a family who loves them. A new bill in Georgia has some on edge, though, because of the risk of discrimination.

According to the March 17 report, the change to a previous bill modernizes the state's adoption laws, allowing private adoption and foster agencies to refuse their services based on their personal policies. This is a problem for some, especially the director of the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services, who believes this bill violates federal law.

People who support the bill state that it will allow the state to work with more agencies. Others believe it will lead to discrimination. For example, if the mission of the agency is to find children homes in heterosexual families, they could essentially deny same-sex couples the right to adopt in accordance to the law.

This could also hurt the children looking for families. Many go through these agencies, and when agencies make it harder to adopt, more children grow up in the system.

This news may not be good if you're in a non-traditional family or in a group that faces discrimination. If you feel you've been discriminated against in your goal to raise a child, it's important to speak out. Your attorney can help you fight discrimination, so you can start or expand your family.

Source: WABE 90.1, "Georgia Adoption Bill Raises Fears Of Discrimination," Elly Yu, March 17, 2017

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