Lawmakers again decided to hold debate on a bill that addresses a biological father's rights in an adoption proceeding.
Rep. Christine Watkins, D-Price, said she will continue to tweak HB308, which would require agencies or attorneys to send notification to any out-of-state presumed father to inform him of a potential adoption in Utah. The biological father also would be able to submit an intent to file for paternity and then have 30 days to do so. Current law provides a much smaller window of time for a father to file for paternity.
Two hours of testimony strongly argued for and against Watkins' bill in a House Health and Human Services Committee meeting Thursday afternoon. Birth mothers, parents of biological fathers, attorneys and adoptees gave heartfelt stories about their experiences with the adoption process.