Independent Adoption Center To Testify In Support of Texas HB201 And Same-Sex Adoptions

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On Monday IAC Houston Branch Director Amber Burfeind will testify in support of Texas House Bill 201, which would allow adopted children of same-sex couples to obtain an amended birth certificate with both parents names.

It is very important if children have two parents that the state lists both on the birth certificate.

On Monday, April 29th, IAC Houston Branch Director Amber Burfeind will testify in a hearing held by the Texas House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee on the importance of passing Texas HB201. Authored by Rep. Rafael Anchia of Dallas, the bill would allow supplemental birth certificates to be signed by any two parents, regardless of gender.

LGBTQ and same-sex families may adopt under current Texas law, but because of a change made to the law in 1997, supplemental birth certificates (used for adoptions in Texas) must be signed by a male and a female. The Bureau of Vital Statistics has been reported to refuse to issue a birth certificate in some cases, leaving children in legal limbo.

"This legislation is so important because of the impact on children. It is very important if children have two parents that the state lists both on the birth certificate," explained IAC Executive Director, Ann Wrixon. "This protects the child as the birth certificate is the document most institutions use to determine who is the parent. This could have tragic consequences if the child is hurt, but the medical treatment requires parental consent, and the parent listed on the birth certificate is not present."

The Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee is chaired by Rep. Tyron Lewis. Other committee members are Vice Chair Rep. Jessica Farrar, Rep. Marsha Farney, Rep. Lance Gooden, Rep. Ana Hernandez Luna, Rep. Todd Hunter, Rep. Ken King, Rep. Richard Pena Raymond, and Rep. Senfronia Thompson.

For more information the committee can be reached at (512)463-0790 ext E2.120.

Independent Adoption Center (IAC) is an open adoption agency that is focused on transforming lives through open adoption by serving the best interests of birthparents, children and adoptive families. Since opening in 1982, the IAC has successfully placed over 4,000 newborns with families in the United States. IAC is the largest open adoption agency in the country, facilitating adoptions in 49 states, and fully licensed with offices in California, Indiana, Georgia, North Carolina, Connecticut, Texas and New York. Visit http://www.adoptionhelp.org/about/offices-staff for more information about and directions to IAC’s offices.

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